Former Valencia head coach Mauricio Pellegrino says these are tough times for modern football managers, in the aftermath of his dismissal.
The Argentine was sacked from the club on December 1, after an inconsistent run of form left them struggling in mid-table, well outside the Champions League qualification places.
His last game in charge ended in a 5-2 loss to Real Sociedad, but Pellegrino is optimistic about his career prospects.
“These are tough times for managers,” he said.
“They are always the face of the club and the project, and when things aren’t going well all the blame and responsibility falls on them. It’s been going that way for a while now but it’s still a job I’m passionate about.
“I’ve benefited from it because it’s been an experience for me. It didn’t finish as I would have liked but I think I showed what I am capable of as a manager.
“At the end of the day, we are only as good as our results and I didn’t get the results that were required. But that’s football. I hope that I get my revenge in the future.”
Pellegrino had succeeded Unai Emery at Valencia in May, with experienced coach Ernesto Valverde the next man entrusted with the hot seat at Estadio Mestalla.
“I only know Valverde through his work and all I can do is wish him the best,” PeIlegrino said.
“I hope it goes well for him at Valencia and that he takes the team to where it deserves to be, in the higher end of the table.”
Pellegrino began his decorated playing career at Velez Sarsfield, and has been touted in some quarters as a potential future coach of the Argentine club.
And while the 41-year-old is determined to bounce back from his Valencia exit, he played down suggestions he could be in line to work at Velez.
“At the moment they have a great manager,” he said.
“Ricardo (Gareca) is someone I greatly admire. He was my team-mate when I was starting my career and I think he deserves to be with Velez now as he is more than capable as a manager.”
“I simply want to keep having opportunities to work and show my abilities at leading a group.
“I’m a young manager and I have just begun my career. As I always say, football changes every week and managers are always living from one game to the next. I just hope that a new opportunity comes up soon so I can continue to show my abilities.”
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