Gary Neville suffered defeat in his first match as a manager as Valencia crashed out of the Champions League group stages following a 2-0 defeat to Lyon at Mestalla.
Neville, who was appointed head coach of Los Che last week, thought he’d got off to a dream start when Shkodran Mustafi headed home early in the first half. However, the goal was disallowed and things continued to go downhill for Valencia and their newly-appointed manager after that.
Lyon took the lead before half time through Maxwel Cornet while Alexandre Lacazette sealed all three points for the visitors with a fine finish in the second half.
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Tonight’s results mean Valencia will be in the draw for the Last 32 of the Europa League, where Neville could find himself up against Liverpool, Tottenham or even his beloved Manchester United, who were also eliminated from Europe’s premier club competition this week.
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Neville has a tough job on his hands
Although it’s only his first match in charge of Valencia, there’s no doubt this result will hurt Neville.
If the former Manchester United captain wasn’t aware of the huge task he faces before this evening, he certainly will be now.
However, the ultra hard-working Neville will do everything in his power over the coming weeks and months to ensure Valencia start playing to their full potential.
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