Breaking: Gary Neville Sacked By Valencia

Published 03/30/2016, 12:31 PM EDT

Gary Neville has been told to leave by his superiors at Valencia, having been at the helm for less than four months. The club exited the Copa Del Rey and Europa League on his watch and have slipped to 14th in the league, only 6 points above the drop zone.


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An official statement read

“Valencia Football Club have today parted company with Gary Neville as Head Coach. After careful consideration, the Club have decided to make a change with the best interests of the Valencia CF moving forward this season. We thank Gary for his work at Valencia and wish him the best in the future. The Club have, today, appointed Pako Ayestaran as Head Coach until the end of the season.”

Neville’s team only managed to win 3 of the 16 league matches while he was in charge, and recent matches has seen the crowd then against the former England international. Neville’s appointment came as a shock in December and was given a 6 month contract.

Neville himself released a statement which read:  “I want to thank Valencia, the fans, the coaching staff and players. I would have liked to continue the work I started, but I understand that we are in business based on results and in 28 games we have seen 10 wins, seven draws and 11 defeats, which is not the level demanded by me or by this club.”

Pako Ayesteran’s last spell came at the Mexican club Santos Laguna. The fans of Valencia will be hoping that the Spaniard who was their assistant manager from 2001-2004 will get some positive results and salvage what’s left of the season.



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