Valencia manager Marcelino was given the mother of all Christmas dismays when he crashed into a wild pig while going on a Spanish motorway in the early hours of Sunday.
The 52-year-old was flying out back to his local Asturias ahead of Christmas festivities, however those plans have been postponed after a hog came out of the forest running wildly in the middle of the road.
Marcelino needed to rushed down to the hospital for test yet was later cleared to go home.
Valencia said in an announcement: ‘Marcelino Garcia Toral was involved with an auto crash early this morning today, while travelling out of town to Asturias to visit his family.
There are right now no subtle elements on the welfare of the hog.
Los Che are presently on a Christmas break with their match coming up in the Copa del Rey round of 16 on January 3, which sees them go to Las Palmas in the first of two legs.
They missed the chance to finish the year in second place after a surprise defeat by his previous club Villarreal on Saturday, failing to take advantage of Atletico Madrid’s loss to Espanyol the previous evening.
Marcelino took over at Valencia at the start of the season after his departure from Villarreal, which came as a result of differences with the board. He became the sixth coach hired by chairman Peter Lim in two years.
Wild hogs are normal all through the Iberian Peninsula and have caused destruction as they lose their dread of man. A month ago, Spanish police propelled an examination after video showed hikers pushing a hog to its death while on the Picos de Europa.