Despite appointing Gary Neville as new manager, Jose Mourinho still remains favourite to take charge of Valencia next summer.
The former Manchester United captain is keeping the seat warm for under pressure Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, reports The Sun.
The Portuguese manager is Peter Lim’s top priority target to take charge at the Mestalla at the end of this season.
However, Gary Neville is also leading the race to become the new England boss after European Championship next summer after working with Roy Hodgson as an assistant coach throughout the Three Lion’s qualifying campaign.
The Sun claims, according to an influential Spanish source many in Valencia thinks former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho will take charge at Mestalla next summer while newly appointed Gary Neville returning to England to take charge of the Three Lions.
Earlier Neville’s brother Phil was named as the temporary head coach of Valencia until further notice after the resignation of former coach Nuno on Sunday.
Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes has close relationship with the Valencia owner and the Spanish side; so this could play a major role in any move for the Blues boss.
However, after being named as the new Valencia head coach Neville told: “I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity with Valencia. Valencia are a huge football club — and I know from my time as a player the passion and dedication of the Valencia fans.”
Valencia will host Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday but according to the club’s statement Neville will not take charge until Sunday. His first game in charge of Valencia will be the Champions League clash against Lyon next Wednesday. However, Sky Sports, for whom the former English defender has been working as a pundit, stated he would leave the channel with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, Chelsea, 14 points behind the league summit, will face Bournemouth at home on Saturday with all eyes on whether the Portuguese boss picks controversial striker Diego Costa.
The Spaniard was ousted from the Starting eleven during Sunday’s goalless draw with Tottenham and showed his frustrations clearly when he threw his bib in the direction of Mourinho.
The Portuguese apparently played down any suggestions of a cold war with Costa after the incident following a touch-line spat in the Champions League win against Maccabi Tel Aviv.