Gary Neville delivers stinging criticism of Manchester City

Neville delivered a brutal assessment of City's transfer dealings. (©GettyImages)

Ahead of Manchester City's must win trip to Barcelona in the Champions League, Gary Neville has launched a scathing attack on the club's hierarchy.

As if making well over 500 appearances for Manchester United wasn't enough to make the England coach an unpopular man in the blue half of Manchester, his latest comments will surely win him no fans around the Etihad Stadium.

With City currently five points behind leaders Chelsea in the Premier League and facing Champions League elimination tonight questions have been asked over the future of manager Manuel Pellegrini.

However, Neville insists the City boss is not the only who one who should find himself under pressure claiming chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Tixi Begiristain must take a portion of blame should City end the campaign trophyless.


The duo play a big part in transfer dealings at the club, and it's their inability to recruit top players which Neville believes should see them take responsibility should the club's owners look for answers.

When it comes to assigning blame, Neville told the Manchester Evening News: "I think they [City's owners] will be pointing the finger up as well as down because ultimately those signings haven’t been good enough."


Backed by the millions of Sheik Mansour, City have spent £212million over the last three seasons, bringing in the likes of Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic, Fernandinho and Eliaquim Mangala.

Despite spending big, Neville insisted City's recruits have not been up to standard, saying: "I don’t think there’s one of those players there that have improved the starting XI of Manchester City.

“Recruitment is the toughest job in football. They’ve had three goes at replacing (Carlos) Tevez, they’ve had three goes at replacing (Joleon) Lescott, they’ve had three goes at replacing a
holding midfield player in (Gareth) Barry.

“And they’ve not got it right each time. I don’t think there’s many of those signings that have actually been successes.”

Players have failed

Not content at sticking the boot in on the City hierarchy, Neville also had strong words for Pellegrini's players, accusing them of letting down both the current City boss and his predecessor Roberto Mancini.

Neville told Sky Sports: "This team I don’t think handles success particularly well.

"If you think about what happened after Mancini’s first title. In the second season they were accused of downing tools on him. That culminated in them losing a cup final against Wigan.

“The same headlines are occurring now. Downing tools on Pellegrini and they’re bereft of any intensity."

Star players

Having criticised City's squad and accused them of a lack of intensity, Neville singled out two stars in particular - David Silva and Yaya Toure.

The duo were both taken off during the 1-0 defeat to Burnley at the weekend, and Neville insisted they need to galvanise the rest of the squad.

“I think these two (Toure and Silva) have probably been the best in the Premier League over the last four years," he said. “But when you’re the standard bearer for your team you have to then set the standards in all aspects of the game.

“It’s certainly not just down to two players. But when you’re big players in your team, you’ve got to really be the ones to get everyone going.

“When they go to Burnley on Saturday and get taken off, they’ve got no excuse.

"Manuel Pellegrini will have been watching these last two or three weeks like we have and come to the same conclusions that they’re not doing it for me.

And that’s when you then start to take them off and that’s when you get even bigger problems.”

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