Gary Neville is back working for Sky Sports and keeping himself busy with his Salford City project.
The former England right-back recently commented that he might never have another go at management after this year’s shortcomings.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 12, 2016
Neville took a good portion of the criticism for England’s Euro 2016 showing after his role as assistant manager with the national team during the tournament. His first venture in the manager’s hotseat also ended in failure after a difficult time in Spain with Valencia.
The La Liga club pulled the plug on the retired defender’s contract in March after the Manchester United legend managed just three league wins in 16 down in the Mediterranean.
Despite his poor record and an experience that the 41-year-old will see as a humbling learning curve, there is evidence to suggest the Spanish outfit might have been hasty – not least the fact that they currently lie rock bottom of their domestic league.
While Neville failed to achieve the desired results, it’s fair to say that Valencia were in disarray prior to his arrival and they remain so afterward.
— Valencia CF English (@valenciacf_en) September 18, 2016
The club, affectionately known as Los Che, are commonly regarded as one of Spain’s biggest teams but have not won a La Liga title since 2004.
They now occupy bottom spot in La Liga with Neville’s successor Pako Ayestran still at the helm.
The problem for the Englishman and a host of other top managers that have held the reins over the last decade is that expectations at the club remain sky high.
Valencia fans will not tolerate anything less than their club competing near the top of the table and it is therefore no surprise that Neville was relieved of his duties with the team in 14th
The dominance of Barcelona, Real Madrid and now Atletico Madrid in Spain means that for the coach of another team to be viewed as a success, he needs to do something truly special.
Neville is no doubt responsible for his team’s poor form during his brief tenure, which included a 7-0 defeat to Barcelona, but surely he should have been afforded more time to get to grips with the role.
After all, Barcelona, as they demonstrated last week, can run up those sort of scorelines on a regular basis.
— Sky Football ⚽️ (@SkyFootball) September 12, 2016
After eventually labouring to 12th in the aftermath of the Neville reign, the Mestalla outfit now find themselves without a point from their opening four matches and worse off than ever before.
The former Manchester United man probably knew he was low on experience when accepting the post but perhaps should least have been allowed another few months to find his feet.
Had he been given the summer to get to grips with the role, the language and instil some of his trademark professionalism into the players, things might have turned out differently.
From a Valencia perspective, it currently cannot be argued that they would have turned out worse.