New Sheffield United coach Chema Sanz has revealed why he left his role at Valencia to join the Championship club.
The Blades appointed Slavisa Jokanovic in late May after the club’s relegation back to the Championship after two years of top-flight football was confirmed.
Sanz, whose arrival was announced earlier in the week, was joined by Rafa Cristobal (Head of Performance) and Marco Cesarini (Head of Medical Department) to complete Slavisa Jokanovic’s backroom staff as the new season awaits.
The former Valencia coach’s previous experiences in football includes managing Valencia’s B team before becoming technical director at Mestalla.
Speaking to Spanish radio station VCFRadio, as reported by El Desmarque, the new coach spoke about his relationship with Jokanovic and the excitement that surrounds this new challenge: “I am happy at Valencia, but I am very excited about the new challenge.
“I’ve enjoyed these four years a lot, but the possibility of leaving for a new league arose. I have come to work with Slavisa Jokanovic, a coach I had as a player at Tenerife.
“He’s called me several times but it hadn’t happened until now and I really want to know the Championship or the Premier League if things go well for us. That the moments had to coincide, he’s insisted a lot and he called me already at the end of last season.”
It is not the first time Jokanovic has tried to pull Sanz into a club and that should be very exciting for Sheffield United fans. It also suggests that the plan the Serbian manager has is equally as exciting.
His footballing CV is also impressive and he will have the experience and know-how to get the very best out of the players.
The fact he has already joined up with the squad during their training camp in Spain means that the players can get in as much time with Sanz as possible.
Despite being backed by the bookmakers to bounce back to the Premier League, Jokanovic has a major project in his hands. The squad needs inspiration to restore the belief around Bramall Lane, and a top-quality appointment such as Sanz will only benefit them during the course of next season.