Gary Neville sacked as Valencia manager, replaced by ex-Liverpool man
Managing a team fighting for a European spot in one of the toughest leagues in the world is not an easy job as Manchester United legend Gary Neville found out the hard way.
The former England defender has been sacked after just 4 months in charge of the Spanish club Valencia after a series of poor results to show for.
The former Sky Sports pundit took over the Spanish outfit in December last year but has not been able to impress the board with his team’s performances in this short span.
Since taking over the club, Neville has picked up just 3 victories in 16 league games and 10 in 28 in all competitions and has not helped the side in their pursuit to a Champions League spot next season.
Neville who spent the last week away with England for their friendlies admitted that his job was not secure and that the results were “not been to my standards” or those “required by this club”.
The 41-year old who won 16 major trophies in his time at Manchester United started his managerial career with a Champions League loss against Lyon and the manager did not get his first positive result until February when Valencia clinched their first victory, one of the only three in the league so far for the Englishman.
The club’s performance against Barcelona in the 7-0 thrashing at home saw many fans turn against the manager and it finally made way for the owners to discharge Neville of his duties at the club earlier this week.
He managed the last game for Valencia in the 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo before traveling away for the international break.
Peter Neville, the brother of the 41-year old is also a part of the coaching staff for the La Liga outfit , however no announcements were made regarding his position at the club for the rest of the season.
Former Liverpool assistant manager Pako Ayestaran, 53, will take charge for the rest of the season the club announced shortly after the sacking of Neville.
Pako joined the club as an assistant manager to Neville who bought him to the club in February.
To be honest, Neville had very little to work with at Mestalla Stadium when he moved to the club half way into the season.
The fans were not happy with the way the club was run in recent times, the players at the club have not looked comfortable playing as a team and it was always going to take time for a manager who is making his debut in a country where he still needs to learn the language.
This will not be the end of the career for the ex-Sky Sports pundit as he may still have a shot at managing smaller clubs in the Premier League next season.
Six-time Spanish champions Valencia are 14th in the table, six points clear of the relegation zone with eight games remaining. They face Las Palmas in their next game after the international break.
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