Djukic named new Valencia boss

The 46-year-old says he is "happy to be home" after returning to the club where he spent six years as a player.
Valencia has announced the appointment of Miroslav Djukic as the club's new coach following the departure of Ernesto Valverde.

The former Valladolid boss announced his exit from the Jose Zarillo at the end of last season, where he lead the Pucela to a 14-placed finish after winning promotion to the top-flight in 2012. The Serbian, who spent six years with Los Che as a player, revealed his delight at returning to Estadio Mestalla where he hopes to achieve "great things."

"I am very happy to return home. It's a dream to coach a club the size of Valencia, but also a great responsibility. I'm prepared and calm. We can do great things," Djukic told the club's official website. "We have very strong opponents for preseason, world-class opponents and we like to compare ourselves with the best. I'm happy to be home and will try to fulfill what the club expects of me."

The 46-year-old Djukic succeeds Ernesto Valverde, whose fate was sealed after slipping out of the Champions League places at the expense of Real Sociedad on the last day of the season.

Djukic will be presented to the media on Wednesday.