Gary Neville doesn’t speak much Spanish but he didn’t need to be fluent to understand that Granada manager Jose Ramon Sandoval was furious with him at the weekend.
Sandoval thought Neville, who secured his third consecutive victory as Valencia head coach, was protesting too much towards the end of Sunday’s La Liga match and made his feelings clear to the former Sky Sports pundit in no uncertain terms.
A video from El Dia Después - and translated by the Mirror - has emerged and shows what was said during the heated exchange between the two coaches. (Scroll down to see the video and the transcript).
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“Son of a w***e!” Sandoval says to Neville.“What are you protesting? You’ve spent the whole game complaining.”
After claiming he wasn’t protesting and then still getting an earful, Neville told the Granada boss to “f*** off” - in English, of course.
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Video: Jose Ramon Sandoval swears at Gary Neville
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The former Manchester United captain then argued that he was only asking how much time was left in the match.
However, his opposite number wasn’t having the excuse and called Neville a “son of a w***e” once again before walking off down the tunnel at full-time.
Neville confused by Sandoval's outburst
After the match, Neville explained that there had simply been a misunderstanding and couldn’t quite work out why Sandoval was so irate.
"I'm a bit confused with this, I think he's misunderstood, it's something that can happen with the tension of the last few minutes,” the Valencia boss was quoted as saying by the Mirror in his post-match press conference.
"He thought I was protesting for a free kick but the reality is that I hadn't seen the board saying how much stoppage time there would be and I was asking the referee how long was left, I wasn't asking for a foul because it was so clearly a foul.
"It was a mix-up. Nothing more."
Another huge win for Gary Neville
Neville wasn’t bothered - he’d just secured another much-needed victory; only his second in La Liga since replacing Nuno Espirito Santo in December.
The 2-1 win lifted Valencia up to 11th in the table - and Los Che currently sit a comfortable 10 points above the relegation zone with 13 matches left to play.
Neville was appointed by Valencia - because of his good working relationship with the club’s owner, Peter Lim - to help the team secure Champions League football for next season.
But his tenure could not have started worse - just five points, and no wins, from his first nine league matches in charge of the Spanish outfit.
A humiliating 7-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey then made matters infinitely worse for Neville, who did well to ride out the storm.
Now, after three wins on the bounce, there’s even talk that Neville could still be in charge at Valencia at the start of next season.
One week can be a lifetime in football.
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