Valencia soccer club president Soler resigns
Valencia soccer club president of three-and-a-half years, Juan Soler yesterday offered his resignation to the club's administration.13 March 2008
MADRID - Valencia soccer club president of three-and-a-half years, Juan Soler yesterday offered his resignation to the club's administration, citing health problems. The commission accepted the beleaguered president's resignation and named board member Agustín Morera as his successor.
Soler had been under increasing pressure to step down for several months, while a string of on- and off-field mishaps have plagued the former title-winning team. These have included poor results, plans to build a controversial new stadium and the unpopular decision to bench leading players, among them the former captain David Albelda. Albelda filed a lawsuit against Soler, which was recently thrown out by a judge.
While giving up the presidency, Soler is still Valencia's leading shareholder and will effectively maintain control of the club.
[Copyright EL PAÍS / KELLY RAMUNDO 2008]