Valencia manager Miroslav Djukic’s job is reported to be hanging by a thread after Wednesday’s 2-1 home defeat to La Liga’s bottom club Almeria.
Club president Amadeo Salvo is reportedly considering making a change ahead of Sunday’s next game at Getafe, and the cover of local sports paper Superdeporte on Thursday morning read: ‘Djukic you must go’
Valencia had taken the lead through a first-half Jonas penalty, and seemed to be heading for a much-needed victory, but the visitors scored twice in eight second-half minutes to claim their first win of the season.
On the final whistle of what was a third consecutive league defeat, the notoriously impatient Mestalla crowd had their white hankies out, although many of the protests were directed against the club’s players and sporting director Braulio Vazquez amid recognition that ex-Valencia defender Djukic does not have an easy job on his hands.
The Serbian coach told reporters afterwards that he was not feeling good about the situation but had the strength to continue and turn things around.
“You feel sad for having lost, and for all that happens,” Djukic said. “They needed very little to do us damage. In this moment we are very weak. But I feel I have the strength to continue, to do things, although it is not all up to me. We are not good, that is obvious, but I feel capable of getting us out of this.”
Djukic said he had spoken immediately after the game with Salvo, who said recently he would not change coach until the end of the season at least, and was in Asia reportedly on business related to financing the completion of the club’s currently half-built new stadium.
“I have spoken with the president and he transmitted calm to me,” Djukic said. “It is difficult because we are all unhappy [with the situation].”
The former Real Valladolid coach claimed Valencia’s problem was a lack of confidence among the players, which meant they could not react to any small setback on the pitch.
“We are very weak psychologically,” he said. “With any setback the team drops a lot. We are very affected. There is no magic wand to change that. We need to win games to get out of this.”