The transfer window didn’t shut the way Valencia wanted.
A few weeks after some of the team’s top players left, the club owned by Singaporean businessman Peter Lim failed to add anyone to the squad by the transfer deadline.
Valencia coach Javi Gracia was so upset with the lack of signings that Spanish media reported he considered resigning after not getting the players he had been promised.
Fan disappointment has also increased pressure on Lim, who has often been criticised for supposedly caring more about the club’s financial results than the sports results.
“I understand the frustration from the fans and I understand the coach’s frustration,” Valencia president Anil Murthy said Tuesday in a video published by the club. “We all wanted the same thing- strengthen the team and to improve our level. But it wasn’t possible.”