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Gary Neville diverts question that Jose Mourinho could replace him as Valencia boss

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Gary Neville may have only been unveiled as the new manager of Valencia yesterday, but the Manchester United legend has already had to deal with questions surrounding his potential successor. 

That's right, during yesterday's press conference, one journalist asked whether Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was in line to become the club's manager at the end of the season. 

Neville, of course, has only signed a short-term five-month deal at the Mestalla Stadium, so he could yet depart the club at the end of the campaign. 

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Mourinho, on the other hand, has endured a tricky period at Stamford Bridge. Despite securing the Premier League title in west London last season, the Blues currently sit in 14th position in England's elite division. 

Unsurprisingly, though, Valencia's current manager wasn't too keen to speak about Mourinho as he diverted the question, saying 'the president's sat here, I don't appoint the next coach.'

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Is it possible?

Let's be honest, it would be foolish to completely disregard The Sun's claim that Valencia are hoping to secure the services of Mourinho. The Spanish club will be well aware that the Portuguese tactician is going through a tough spell at Chelsea, so there's a realistic chance that they are watching how things unfold at Stamford Bridge. 

Ultimately, if things continue to turn sour for the Blues boss, there will be a number of clubs ready to bring him in. Despite this season's struggle, the former Real Madrid man is still recognised as one of the leading managers in world football. 

Neville opportunity 

But Neville will be determined to prove his credentials at Valencia over the coming months. The 40-year-old has enjoyed a great career as a player and pundit, but there's no reason why he won't be able to excel as a manager. 

Do you think Valencia are interested in Mourinho? Have your say below! 

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