Valencia boss Marcelino has revealed that he expected to be offered the Inter Milan job last season.
Having sacked Frank de Boer in early November, the Italian side looked for a replacement and the now Valencia boss was favourite, however, the Nerazzurri opted to appoint Stefano Pioli.
And, Marcelino has now discussed his surprise at being offered the job, telling Gazzetta dello Sport’s Extra Time: “A year ago my staff and I were contacted by Inter’s executives.
“We went to Milan and had two technical meetings. After the second we were sure that we’d coach Inter.
“However, between 11pm on the Saturday and Sunday afternoon, something changed. In 13 hours our candidacy lost energy.
“Clearly at Inter there were those who wanted to entrust the squad to us, and others who preferred someone else. It’s fine, it happens.
“We liked the idea of coaching in Italy, it didn’t happen, we arrived at Valencia and we’re happy.”
A year on and Marcelino and his staff are enjoying life at Valencia, having produced a fine start to the new season.
Re-wind yourself back to the start of the season and you would not of imagined Valencia to be sat in second place in the La Liga standings.
But, a 2-1 victory over Alaves ensured they remained their for another round of fixtures, thanks to goals from Simone Zaza and Rodrigo.
Italian international Zaza lashed home in the ninth minute to score a goal which was his ninth in the league, whilst Spanish international Rodrigo smashed home the winner from the penalty spot in the second half.
Valencia, who sit second behind league leaders Barcelona remain have now won seven out of ten and remain one of three unbeaten sides in La Liga, including Barca and Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.