Braulio sacked as Valencia and Salvo lose confidence in their technical director
Valencia CF have announced that technical director Braulio Vázquez has been dismissed from his post with immediate effect, after club president Amadeo Salvo and the board “lost confidence” in his work.
“Braulio vete ya!” (Braulio go now!) was the cry from the fans in the Mestalla as the team suffered their embarrassing defeat against Almería last weekend. It appears that club president Amadeo Salvo has granted them that wish.
In a very brief statement via the official website of the club, Valencia announced they had dispensed with the services of their technical director.
Local reports are suggesting that whilst the dismissal of Braulio is a very assertive move, it is one that could also prove costly financially. Under previous club president Manuel Llorente, Braulio signed a new contract until 2017. Under the terms of any severance package, they may have to pay him for those remaining years, which could run up a bill of around €600,000 in compensation.
Meanwhile, Valencia CF president Amadeo Salvo has also appeared on Al-Jazzera Sport News on Monday evening, where he answered questions about the decision to remove Braulio from his post and about future plans for the club.
“I took the decision to dismiss Braulio yesterday and the board was in agreement with the decision. We had lost confidence in him.”
Regarding the financial difficulties at Valencia, with him actively seeking sources of investment and promoting the club in Asia and the Middle East over recent days, Salvo stressed that this is a situation they’re working hard to resolve, whilst acknowledging that whilst their performance on the field must improve, they are amongst few who own their own stadium and training facilities.
“We are trying to change the situation. We’re trying to find other sources of finance, other than the sale of players. We’re €200 million down on the movement of players over the last nine years and we’re trying to reduce costs. We will continue to honour the heritage of the club. If we don’t have a serious sporting project though and an investor shows interest, they won’t accept us. We are one of the few clubs in Europe who are actually owners of their properties.”
Asked if he is trying to sell Valencia CF, Salvo insisted that he’s simply looking to source additional finances and investment into the club, but didn’t rule out the idea, should a suitable proposition benefit the club.
“The people who wanted to buy the club before, just wanted to make a quick profit and we cannot accept that. If an investor wants to invest money, then fine, but at the last board meeting we decided that we’re not going to sell to just anyone. We have a plan to finance the club. We’ve reduced the costs relating to the New Mestalla by €60 million, which will be a five-star elite stadium. I’m confident that we’re going to be successful in finishing this project.”
Back to affairs on the pitch, Salvo acknowledged that the team have made a poor start to the season, but suggested that with the strong backing of the fans, they’ll do well in the long run.
“We started very badly and we are committed to working tirelessly, because this is a long-term project. We really need our fans right now, because we have to keep our dream going and it’s still early days. I’m certain that we will get there in the end.”