Gary Neville is still waiting for his first La Liga win since taking charge of Valencia in December and, despite ongoing efforts to turn things around, has already been declared a spectacular failure.
Indeed, the former Sky Sports pundit has received urgent calls to resign from high-profile sources, most notably Valencia legend Santiago Canizares, and looks set to return to Monday Night Football alongside Jamie Carragher before too long.
It is a massive disappointment for anyone concerned with English football; Neville had been our one great hope to become one of few top managers to emerge from this humble little country. However, not everyone is sad to see the Manchester United legend fall short of expectation.
Former Argentina striker Hernan Crespo, who now manages Modena after a successful playing career, has admitted that he is "almost happy" to see Neville struggle in management. He believes Neville was too harsh on managers as a pundit and did not fully appreciate the complexity of life on the bench.
“To watch a game from the TV, it's much different than from the bench,” Crespo explained to FOX Sports. “I'm almost happy for Gary Neville's troubles at Valencia. I remember he was too harsh as a TV pundit!”
Crespo has also taken his first steps into management but chose a less prominent role at Serie B side Modena. With close links to Valencia owner Peter Lim, Neville's opportunity at the big time may well have come too soon.
As a result, the former England right-back has had to cope with immense pressure from both the media and fans while also having to manage the egos that come with international players in the Valencia dressing room.
It is clear that Neville made a big error by agreeing to join a club in a league where he had no prior experience and did not even speak the language. There is now significant doubt as to whether he will get another chance in management.
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