VALENCIA, Spain (AP) " Valencia has hired Marcelino on a two-year contract to coach the six-time Spanish champion.

The club says in a statement Marcelino will be officially presented after the season finishes.

The 51-year-old coach left Villarreal on the eve of the current season in August after four successful years there.

Valencia has under-achieved and was in a relegation fight when former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli left in December.

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Interim coach Salvador "Voro" Gonzalez has lifted the team to 13th in La Liga in his second temporary stint this season.