Valencia have confirmed they are in talks with PSV Eindhoven boss Ronald Koeman about its vacant coach’s position.
The club fired Quique Sanchez Flores on Sunday, following their 3-0 defeat to Sevilla.
Valencia sporting director Miguel Angel Ruiz told PA SportsTicker: “We are negotiating with Koeman. He is close to becoming the new Valencia coach but we must be prudent. I expect everything to be concluded today.”
Sanchez Flores took charge of Valencia in the summer of 2005 and led the team to a third-placed finish in his first season and a top-four spot last term. He left with Valencia in fourth spot in La Liga, four points behind leaders Real Madrid.
Following his sacking, Sanchez Flores said: “I am going convinced that we were prepared to achieve our objectives, but I will accept the decision with goodwill if it is the solution for Valencia.
“I have a slight feeling of pain, but also one of relief. They have been very difficult years, rather lonely ones. I lose a job, but I get my life back.”
Former Barcelona defender Koeman has been PSV coach since the summer of 2006, having previously been in charge at Benfica and Ajax.