Gary Neville has been sacked Valencia, less than four months after taking the job at Mestalla.
The former Manchester United captain has lost his job - his first in management - following a dismal run of results.
Valencia were expected to challenge for a top-four finish following the arrival of Neville, who replaced Nuno Espirito Santo in December, but Los Che currently sit 14th in La Liga with eight matches left to play and could be dragged into a relegation dogfight.
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Valencia have confirmed that Pako Ayestaran has taken over from Neville until the end of the season.
In a statement - per the Press Association - Neville said the following...
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“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.
“Ayestaran was the Assistant Coach of Valencia Football Club from 2001 to 2004 and helped the Club clinch two La Liga titles and a UEFA Cup trophy. From 2004 to 2007, when he was an Assistant Coach of Liverpool FC, the English club won the 2004/2005 UEFA Champions League, as well as the 2006 FA Cup Final. As a Head coach Ayestarán was Champion in Maccabi Tel Aviv (winning one league and two Cups) and he train also in México to Santos Laguna and Estudiantes Tecos (Champion of Clausura Tournament).”
Neville's journey at Valencia
Neville won just three of his 16 La Liga matches in charge of the Spanish giants, losing eight and drawing the other five.
The 41-year-old admitted his credibility in football would have been tarnished had he rejected the opportunity to manage Valencia - but the language barrier always threatened to be an insurmountable hurdle, particularly for Neville whose communication skills are first class.
It took over two months to record his first win in La Liga - but Valencia went on a run after that, leading to speculation Neville would be handed a two-year contract extension at the end of the season.
However, with Valencia sliding down the league table, having taken three points from a possible 15 in their past five matches, the hierarchy at Mestalla have wielded the axe.
British football fans are now hoping that Neville returns to Sky Sports, where he excelled as a pundit, but the unemployed coach may decide to concentrate solely on this summer’s European Championships.
He has been a coach in Roy Hodgson’s setup since 2012.
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