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Valencia next manager after Albert Celades
Valenica – Albert Celades
Following the controversial sacking of manager Marcelino, Valencia have appointed Albert Celades to the vacant managerial position at the club.
Celades is a manager who is well versed in Spanish football and is, therefore, a presumably worthy successor to the previous managerial incumbent at the club. His is a name familiar to fans across the country; he played for five Spanish clubs in a 16-year career as well as representing his country at every level - from under 16s to senior. He began his footballing education at Barcelona's esteemed academy, La Masia. He trained with the club for four years before turning professional in 1994. He was immediately taken into the ranks of the clubs 'B' team, who played in the Segunda division. Here he discovered his natural playing position: central-defensive midfield. He appeared 14 times for the B team before being called up for the first of his 72 senior appearances for Barca in 1994.
Over a four year period, Celades won a number of honours. The first came in 1997 when Barca took home the now-defunct Uefa Cup Winners Cup. At the start of the following season, they won the UEFA Super Cup. Nine months later, they were victorious in Spain's premier cup competition, the Copa del Rey - it was a competition that, it transpired, Celades would go on to win twice as they retained their trophy the following season. The same year they won La Liga to make it a double. His final honour with Los Cules came as they won the title again at the end of the 1998/1999 season.
Following a season with Spanish rivals Celta, Celades moved to Real Madrid, a club he has retained strong links with ever since. This controversial move made him one of only a handful of players to have played for both participants in El Classico. His time at Real Madrid was equally successful, if not more so. He won La Liga in his debut season. The following year, Real won the Supercopa and, more importantly, the Champions League. In 2002/2003, Celades won what turned out to be the last trophy of his playing career, La Liga again.
After a loan spell in France with Bordeaux, Celades returned to Spain with Zaragoza. He was a fan favourite with the club, going on to make 71 appearances and scoring twice in three full campaigns. Before hanging up his boots, he had stints with New York Red Bulls and Kitchee, although he failed to make a single start for the latter.
Four years after retirement, Celades returned to football to manage the Spain under 16 team. Over the next five years, he held various positions in the Spanish football setup, taking on the under 21s and under 17s, as well as being assistant manager to Julian Lopetegui and Fernando Hierro who were the senior side's managers at the time.
He was reunited with Lopetegui when the pair went to work for Real Madrid at the start of the 2018/19 season. It was a disastrous move though, and the pair were relieved from their duties during the season. Now, Celades has the first senior managerial position of his career with Valencia. The man he succeeds, Marcelino, was very popular in both the dressing room and with fans having won the Copa del Ray the previous season. Celades has a tough job to prove to them that he can be an even better occupier of the prestigious role.