The newly appointed manager has won two LaLiga Santander titles as a player.

Valencia CF have named Ruben Baraja as their new coach, replacing Gennaro Gattuso as permanent manager and taking over from Voro, the man charged with interim control while the club searched for a replacement. ‘Pipo’ Baraja previously played for Los Che between 2000 and 2010 and was central to some of the most iconic and successful sides in club history.

Ruben Baraja won two LaLiga Santander titles (2002, 2004) as a player, as well as a UEFA Cup (2004), one European Super Cup (2004) and a Copa del Rey (2008). He knows full well what it takes to be a success at Mestalla, one of LaLiga’s most demanding environments, and will look to take Valencia CF back to the top of Spanish football where its history suggests it should be.

The Valladolid native has previously held coaching posts in LaLiga SmartBank with Real Zaragoza, CD Tenerife, Real Sporting, Rayo Vallecano and Elche CF, and now has the chance to prove his abilities in the top flight LaLiga Santander.

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