Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch resigns

Valencia's new Russian player Denis Cheryshev (C) holds a t-shirt between former Valencia's player (L) Juan Cruz Sol and Valencia general manager Garcia Pi
Image: Jesus Garcia Pitarch has left Valencia

Valencia's spiralling crisis claimed a new victim on Saturday as sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch resigned.

The club are without a permanent head coach after former Italy boss Cesare Prandelli quit last week with Los Che outside the La Liga relegation zone only on goal difference.

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"Jesus Garcia Pitarch has resigned in a irrevocable manner as sporting director," the club confirmed in a statement.

"Current academy director Jose Ramon Alesanco will assume his role in a temporary fashion."

Pitarch had been heavily criticised for his role in the club's decline since being hired a year ago.

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The club added that Alesanco will work with interim coach Voro, who has taken temporary reigns of the team for a fifth time in his career, to try and add to the squad during the January transfer window.

Frustrated fans called for under-fire Singaporean owner Peter Lim to sell his stake in the club after Tuesday's embarrassing 4-1 thrashing at home to Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey.

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