“Nuno Espirito Santo, who until now was the coach, is no longer tied to Valencia, after coming to an amicable agreement with the institution,” said a statement on Valencia’s website.
Former Valencia player Salvador Gonzalez will take charge of the team, a role he is familiar after twice stepping in as caretaker boss when Valencia sacked Ronald Koeman in 2008 and Mauricio Pellegrino in 2012.
Gonzalez will be assisted by former Manchester United player Phil Neville, who was one of Nuno’s assistants.
Valencia is currently ninth in the table having lost eight of 20 matches this season in all competitions and they welcome
Barcelona to town on Saturday. Before that and on Wednesday night Valencia must travel to Bilbao to play third tier minnows Barakaldo, who are top of their division and, unlike Valencia, will have nothing to lose, in the Copa del Rey.
Nuno’s big achievement last season was qualifying for this season’s Champions League, and if Valencia beats Lyon in their final Champions League group game next week they will have a chance of reaching the knock-out stages.
Spanish press have touted a number of names as possible replacements including former Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella, former Barça boss Frank Rijkaard, Dane Michael Laudrup and even former Real Madrid, Chelsea and AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti.