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Valencia's Nuno resigns; Huesca fires their coach as well

The Valencia supporters will mostly be happy with this move, I should think, especially following the match today where they managed no shots in 90 minutes.

Nuno after defeating Monaco in CL playoff, three months ago.
Nuno after defeating Monaco in CL playoff, three months ago.
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Following Valencia's 1-0 loss ot Sevilla--a match where los Che's goal attempts were outnumbered by their red cards (0-2), coach Nuno Espirito Santo announced he was leaving the club, saying he had spoken to owner Peter Lim both before and after the match.

This move will be hugely popular with a portion of the Mestalla following who have felt Nuno was a symbol of the power "superagent" Jorge Mendes has wielded over the club, but there have been constant complaints over player selection and results on the pitch as well.

Valencia were drawn into the easiest of the Champions League groups but must win at home against Lyon in their last match to progress, while their league form--19 points and 8th place--is not that poor, but they have not yet faced Barcelona or Real Madrid (or Villarreal, for that matter).

Nuno's contract ran until 2018; no word on a new coach yet.  The players seemed shocked by the move, but perhaps more the timing than the action, who knows.

And another coach is let go today, Luis Garcia Tavanet, from our Copa del Rey opponent, Huesca.  They lost yesterday to Llagostera and are just above the Liga Adelante drop zone.  Word is they are offering the job to Juan Antonio Anquela, who coached Numancia the last couple of seasons.