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By ESPN Staff
Apr 22, 2008

Voro attempts to build bridges at Mestalla

MADRID, April 22 (Reuters) - New Valencia coach Salvador Gonzalez 'Voro' has said he is willing to allow players discarded by his predecessor Ronald Koeman back into the squad. Former player Voro was handed the job on Monday night following the sacking of Dutchman Koeman. One of his first tasks has been to build bridges with stalwarts David Albelda, Santiago Canizares and Miguel Angel Angulo. In December, Koeman with the backing of majority shareholder Juan Soler, told them they would not play for the club again this season. 'They are part of the 25-strong squad and will play if I think they are in the mental and physical condition to do so,' Voro told a news conference on Tuesday. 'They haven't played competitive football for four months and have suffered a difficult situation. I don't want a sporting decision to be interpreted as a political one. I want to make it clear I am free to make my decision on this.' Voro has a huge task in front of him and has to lift a divided squad's morale. They are only two points above the relegation zone, with five games left to play, and have a particularly tough run in. Valencia have three home games against direct rivals for the drop Osasuna and Real Zaragoza, and Champions League-chasing Atletico Madrid.