Villarreal CF has decided to relieve Javi Calleja of his duties as first-team manager. The club wants to thank the coach for his hard work, dedication and professionalism on the Yellows bench after taking charge early on last season, and wish him the best of luck in his sporting career.
Javi Calleja, a home-grown coach
The entirety of Calleja's coaching career has been with the Yellows, arriving at the club seven seasons ago to train the U16s. After winning three consecutive titles and a Copa de Campeones with the U19s A (Juvenil A) in the División de Honor, and after a brief, but successful spell at Villarreal B, Calleja made the step up to the first team, with whom he's taken charge of 65 official matches.
As a professional footballer, Calleja played for the Villarreal first team in one of the most successful eras of the club, reaching the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. He also played for CD Onda when it was affiliated to Villarreal CF, as well as turning out for Real Madrid C, RSD Alcalá, Málaga CF and CA Osasuna.
The first-team training session, that was going to take place at 10:30am at the Villarreal CF Training Ground (Ciudad Deportiva), will still take place at the same location (time to be confirmed).
The club will announce the new Villarreal CF manager in the coming hours.