Bordalas leaves role as Valencia boss

Valencia have parted ways with coach Jose Bordalas, the Spanish club said on Friday, with media reports linking Gennaro Gattuso to the job.

Valencia finished ninth in La Liga this season, failing to qualify for any European competition for a third straight season. Spanish media reported Gattuso was set to meet the club’s owner Peter Lim to discuss his return to management.

A club statement read: “The club would like to thank him for his work, effort and dedication during his time in charge of Valencia CF, in which the team qualified for the Copa del Rey fnal, and wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavours.”

Gattuso, a midfielder with AC Milan and Italy, last managed Serie A side Napoli, leaving the Naples club last year. He led them to a Coppa Italia title but missed out on Champions League qualification by a point last year.

Valencia were in turmoil last month after leaked audio recordings of their president Anil Murthy making offensive comments and the Spanish club’s initial defence of his actions tarnished their reputation. Murthy was eventually sacked earlier this week.