Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher’s relationship has certainly improved since both retired from football.
The respective Manchester United and Liverpool legends now work together for Sky Sports - Neville returned to the broadcast company after a failed stint as Valencia manager - offering expert analysis on the Premier League.
Of course, their enduring rivalry is often brought up, either on Sky’s Monday Night Football or on social media, and it was Neville who dealt the latest blow ahead of Chelsea’s game against West Ham.
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Carragher took to Twitter to drum up some hype ahead of the first Monday Night Football show of the season, taking a shot at Neville by asking fans to enquire about Valencia, but was shot down by his co-pundit in truly hilarious fashion.
Liverpool fans might want to look away now.
Neville 1 Carragher 0
“At 7:00 join us for the first @SkySportsMNF of the season Chelsea v WHU. Send questions in on the Euros, Iceland, Valencia etc.....thanks,” Carragher said.
“and Liverpool’s last 26 years?” was Neville’s response. Ouch.
Neville was incredibly shrewd in his ribbing, sending the tweet out at 6:51pm. Monday Night Football begins at 7pm, giving Carragher no time to respond.
Naturally, Liverpool fans weren't happy.
Of course, it’s been 26 years since Liverpool last won a league title. In that time, the Anfield club have been helpless to prevent Manchester United winning 13 titles, taking their overall tally to 20 and overtaking Liverpool’s 18.
Neville was a part of eight of those title-winning United squad and will always have the upper hand over Carragher when it comes to playing careers.
But on a managerial front, Neville’s reputation took a hit with a torrid spell at Valencia. The former right back won only three of his 16 league games in charge of the club and was sacked less than four months into the job.
Destined to fail
So Neville quickly realised that management is entirely different to playing and coaching. He was a part of the England set up that performed so miserably in France before quitting his role.
But there are many who believe his job in Spain was destined to fail, including Gary Lineker, who claimed it “looked a brutally difficult first job,” and Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.
“A cocktail of horrible factors piled against him,” Hunter said, per the BBC. “The first problem was he trusted Peter Lim - trusted that he'd be given time.
“I don't think in any way his credibility - as a coach, an analyst or somebody who will be brilliant for British football in the coming years - has been dented one little bit.”
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