Marcelino, the return. Aged 58, the Spanish technician takes charge of Villarreal, currently 14th in the La Liga standings. Four-year contract, until 2026. He succeeds José Rojo Martín, known as “Pacheta”, appointed last September and dismissed after only 12 matches at the head of the Yellow Submarine. Previously stationed in Gijon, Huelva, Santander, Zaragoza, Seville, Valencia and Bilbao, Marcelino took over from Igor Tudor in Marseille last summer. The experience only lasted a few weeks... Not in phase with the Marseille team and shocked by the behavior of the Olympian supporters, he slammed the door in September after only seven matches (2 wins, 3 draws, 2 defeats). It was the Italian Gennaro Gattuso who succeeded him on the unstable OM bench.
Winner of the 2021 Europa League, Villarreal finds a well-known coach: Marcelino has already headed the club from the Valencia suburbs from January 2013 to the summer of 2016. Results? 87 wins, 44 draws and 46 defeats (177 matches). The Asturian coach will be presented to the press on Tuesday (1:30 p.m.). First training session Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and a second later, at 6 p.m.