“This type of decision will be made at the end of the season. “This is how José Puentes, General Director and CEO of Valencia Basket, responded to the question about the future of Jaume Ponsarnau, a Taronja coach who ends his contract on June 30. And although the The official message is that the team “is going for the ACB League”, the truth is that confidence in Ponsarnau is low.
Disappointment at not having made it to the Euroleague Top 8, the inability to reconcile Europe with the ACB and too many blushing moments like the losses to Olympiacos or Acunsa GBC have made Ponsarnau’s continuity almost impossible.
The notes in the offices of the Fuente de San Luis are posted at the end of the season, although the partial reports have been suspended. And while the 20/21 project is moving towards its end, the Valencia Basket sports management begins to draw its future with more doubts than certainties in the position of coach.
The profile remains the same as in recent years: national coach and in full consolidation. And there appear two proper names: Joan Peñarroya and Ibon Navarro.
Peñarroya fits perfectly into the Valencian ideology. The happy game of San Pablo Burgos and the evolution of a team that has already been FIBA ??Basketball Champions League champions and has secured their place in the playoffs are its main guarantees. In addition, he will be free at the end of the season and in Valencia they are very attentive to his situation.
Peñarroya himself already spoke about his future weeks ago: “We have a month left and many things are at stake.” In Burgos they will wait until the end for the decision of a listed technician who seemed to be the chosen one. But the appearance of Ibon Navarro has left him on standby.
Ibon Navarro: a love that comes from afar
The Ibon Navarro option has a romantic flavor. The MoraBanc Andorra coach was part of the Valencian staff acting as assistant coach to Paco Olmos and Velimir Perasovic (2012-2014) before making the jump to Baskonia.
Since then, the sports management has kept an eye on him and has been very aware of his progress as a coach. Navarro arrived in Andorra in 2018 and renewed his contract until 2022, although his exit clause is not high and the year in the Principality is assuming tremendous wear and tear. In addition, his experience in European competitions means that in Fonteta there is no fear of betting on Navarro in a year back to the Eurocup.
What is clear is that the summer dance of the ACB benches is going to be powerful and Valencia Basket seems ready to lead the court. So much so that you may have shaken the tree too much without realizing it.
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