Is Juan Antonio Pizzi The Right Man To Take Over At Valencia?

By Lucas Carreras
Juan Antonio Pizzi to take over at Valencia
Photo Courtesy of the Official San Lorenzo Twitter Account

La Liga side Valencia CF has just qualified for the Round of 32 in the Europa League and will take on Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv, but their play in the league has not been up to expectations. In fact, despite advancing in Europa League play, they have decided to fire coach Miroslav Djukic.

Immediately after the firing was announced, local sports daily Superdeporte claimed that former San Lorenzo coach Juan Antonio Pizzi will be the man to take over. Pizzi would certainly be coming in with some respect given that he has just won a championship and has played in Spain. That said, one must ask if he is the man to bring Valencia their desired results.

The main argument for his success is his coaching experience, which demonstrates that he knows how to come into a chaotic situation and find a way to get results on the field. When Pizzi took over as the coach of San Lorenzo back in October 2012, the club had just avoided relegation to the second division, but were struggling at the start of the following season. As a result they were again in relegation zone peril.

All Pizzi did was help steady the ship by winning to give the club some breathing room. Gradually, he was able to create a team that began to show themselves as serious title contenders. All this culminated in the championship that San Lorenzo won last weekend.

This experience will serve Pizzi well as if he is appointed as the next Valencia coach. He will have a blueprint about how to come into a situation with a lot of instability and be able to straighten the ship. More than anything, Valencia are in need of someone who will bring with them some stability and produce results, and that is something Pizzi is well-suited to delivering.

Lucas Carreras is a contributing Soccer and San Francisco 49ers writer for You can follow Lucas on Twitter by following him @maldini3fan and you can add him to your network on Google.

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