Gary Neville woke up on Thursday morning with nothing else to do but pack his things. The former Manchester United and England right-back was dismissed from his role at Valencia after a torrid four months in charge.
He was brought in to inspire the La Liga outfit to a Champions League qualifying place but after just three wins in 16 league games, Neville leaves them in a relegation battle.
It is safe to say that his first foray into management has been a complete disaster and there are plenty of harsh critics out there suggesting he has already blown his chances of becoming a top coach.
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But that will not matter too much to Neville, who will always have a lucrative job offer from Sky Sports, who, according to the Mirror, have already told him he is welcome back.
While the 41-year-old may have failed in the dugout, he retains his reputation as an excellent analyser after a long stint on their Monday Night Football show alongside Jamie Carragher.
Time to think
When Neville originally left that role in December, Barney Francis, the head of sport at Sky, said “the door will always be open should he wish to return", and it appears that offer still stands.
It is understood that Sky will first ask him whether or not he wants to come back and then leave him to decide when he wishes to return. With the season drawing to a close, it may be the case that Neville returns in the next campaign after a period of recovery.
However, it has also been reported that Neville is planning to stay in Spain for the time being and think about his options. But he may not have a lot of time before the offers start rolling in. It has also been suggested that he is in the running for the Aston Villa job.
Of course, that would almost definitely mean dropping down to the Championship. Villa are not mathematically relegated from the Premier League yet, but they are 12 points from safety with only seven games remaining.
It is believed Aston Villa want a British coach after sacking Remi Garde but there is a notable dearth of talent in the pool at the moment. David Moyes, himself a victim of La Liga after a failed stint at Real Sociedad, is favourite with the bookies but Neville is close behind.
Neville's time in charge of Valencia has been nothing short of calamitous, starting with Champions League elimination to Lyon and including a 7-0 hammering to Barcelona.
His last game in charge saw them lose 2-0 to Celta Vigo at home, leaving them just six points ahead of safety in 14th.
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