Valencia coach Nuno Espirito Santo has ended his 17-month spell in charge of the club by resigning, he confirmed on Sunday.
"It has been an honour to be the coach of Valencia," he said after a 1-0 defeat to Sevilla. "Tomorrow with the president and the owners there will be a meeting to clear the future."
Los Che's defeat at the Sanchez Pizjuan was their eighth in 20 games this season. The Portuguese coach had spearheaded a return to the UEFA Champions League for the first time in three years last season under an ambitious project financed by Singaporean club owner Peter Lim. However, they have failed to build on that early success as they sit ninth in Spain's La Liga and need to beat Lyon in their final Champions League game to have any chance of progressing to the last 16.
"I have spoken personally with the owner, the president and we are all agreed that Valencia is a project for the present and the future and I don't want that to stop. I want Valencia to return to being one of the biggest clubs in Europe."