Valverde to leave Valencia

Ernesto Valverde has confirmed he will leave his post as Valencia coach after the club missed out on the UEFA Champions League places on the final day of the Spanish season. Tonight's 4-3 defeat to Sevilla saw Real Sociedad snatch fourth place.

After the match Valverde, who said earlier this week he would not decide on his future until after the season, said he had coached his final match for the club, having taken over from Mauricio Pellegrino, who was sacked in December.

"This has been my last game for Valencia," Valverde said in comments reported on the club's official Twitter account. "If I waited until now to say this it is because my intention was to keep the competitive spirit (in the side)."

Valencia went into the night in fourth place, but their defeat, coupled with Sociedad's 1-0 win over relegated Deportivo La Coruna saw the two clubs flip places and sent Valencia into the UEFA Europa League.

The 49-year-old Valverde agreed a six-month contract when he took over from Pellegrino in December with the club in 12th position and oversaw a revival in their fortunes, although the failure to cross the final hurdle and secure Champions League football is a particular blow given the state of the club's finances.