Cesare Prandelli has resigned as coach of Valencia less than three months after taking charge at Mestalla, the Spanish Liga club said on Friday.
The coach leaves Los Che 17th in the table on 12 points after 15 games, with the club now looking for their 10th coach since Unai Emery left in June 2012, with assistant Voro Gonzalez taking over on an interim basis.
Pako Ayestaran was fired on September 20 with the 59-year-old Italian appointed on October 3, aiming to drive Valencia up from 18th position.
Valencia beat Sporting Gijon away from home in Prandelli’s first league game but lost four and drew three of their next seven matches in the Spanish top flight.
The former Italy coach Prandelli had signed a contract until June 2018 but has negotiated his exit well in advance of that date.
Valencia released a statement reading: “Cesare Prandelli has communicated to Valencia Football Club his irrevocable decision to resign from his position as coach, as of Friday, December 30th. Voro Gonzalez will take over in charge of the first team squad.
“Valencia director Anil Murthy and sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch will hold a press conference at the Ciudad Deportivo on Saturday, December 31st, at 10am.”
Prandelli had controversially ranted at his players in a press conference in early December, telling them they could leave the club if they were not willing to suffer and fight, but results did not improve.
Aside from his debut victory, his only other triumphs came in both legs of the Copa del Rey last 32 tie against Leganes.
According to Spanish radio station Cadena SER, Prandelli’s resignation comes after a disagreement with the club over transfer spending in the forthcoming winter window.
The coach had flown to Singapore for crisis talks with club owner Peter Lim in early December.