Gary Neville made his long-awaited return to Monday Night Football following an eight-month break to analyse the weekend’s Premier League action and the clash between Chelsea and West Ham at Stamford Bridge.
It didn’t take long for the banter to start flying, mainly from that cheeky scamp Jamie Carragher, who couldn’t wait to quiz the former Manchester United star about his ill-fated four-month spell at Valencia.
Carragher and the Sky Sports viewers didn’t go easy on Neville - in fact, the Q&A session turned into a full-blown roasting for the former England coach. Scroll down this page to see the best bits and the video.
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“I’ve been waiting for this for six months,” Carragher began, before putting his feet up on the desk, David Brent style.
They then discussed everything about Neville’s experiences from 2016. Sometimes it felt a little uncomfortable but Neville took the stick, was honest, and must have ended the show having gained even more respect - if that’s possible - from the MNF viewers.
What did Neville learn from his experience?
They began by discussing what Neville learned from his time in Spain.
The 41-year-old said he doesn’t regret taking the job but admitted he wish he’d done a few things differently - although he wouldn’t elaborate on that point, presumably because what happens inside the club, stays inside the club.
Losing 7-0 to Barcelona
Neville was then asked by someone on Twitter what it feels like to lose 7-0. Back on February 3, in the Copa del Rey semi-finals, Los Che were torn apart by a rampant Barcelona side at the Camp Nou.
The excellent TV pundit admitted it felt dreadful and that Neymar, in particular, was “taking the…” before realising he was talking on a family show.
"I was there…” Carragher interjected. “I was looking down and actually feeling sorry for you.”
However, Neville won the battle when he described the defeat to Barça as the “worst I'd felt since I heard Jamie Carragher was coming to Sky."
England's failure at Euro 2016
They then discussed why England always fail at major tournaments - Neville was part of Roy Hodgson’s coaching staff at Euro 2016 - and the former right-back couldn’t explain why the Three Lions have underwhelmed in tournaments since 1966.
And finally, they talked about the differences between being a pundit and a coach.
Video: Gary Neville gets a roasting
It’s a fascinating watch - well worth 12 minutes of your time - and you can watch it in full here.
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