Spanish football club Valencia axed 41-year-old Gary Neville in less than four months in charge. After Valencia suffered Europa League elimination, fans at Mestalla raised slogans “Gary, vete ya!” which the English media translated to “Gary, go now!”
“When the fans here are not happy with you, they have a way of letting you know,” Gary Neville was quoted as saying by the Guardian. The former Manchester United and England defender, who is also part of the “Three-Lions” coaching system, lost his managerial post which many believed to be a “difficult first job”.
European football expert Andy Brassell termed his stint as a “brutal first job” and hoped to see Neville on the television again, noted the BBC. His statement read:
“I don’t think he did have any chance of turning it around and I think it was an incredibly difficult first job.
“Not just because of the relative lack of experience, not just because of the size of Valencia, but because of the situation he was going into.
The fans were pretty unhappy with the way the club was being run, players were dispirited but you add to that the lack of experience, the communication barrier – it was just all too much.”
Valencia won just three of their 16 league games under the English manager. After the axe Neville stated that “results not have been to my standards or those required by this club.” He concluded his statement saying that he understood what it meant to be in a “result oriented business”.
As per the sources, Former Liverpool assistant manager Pako Ayestaran, 53, “will take charge for the rest of the season.”
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale was vocal about his support for the sacked manager. Bale commented, “It is obviously difficult coming to Spain anyway and being a manager where you really do have to be vocal.
“I’m sure he’ll bounce back from the experience and it will stand him in good stead for the future.”
We are still unsure about Neville’s future. It will be interesting to see whether he goes back to being a “television pundit” or takes another responsibility as a manager.
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