Phil Neville confirmed as Valencia's interim manager following Nuno Espirito Santo's exit

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Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville has taken temporary charge of Valencia following the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo, according to BBC Sport.

Known simply as Nuno, the Spaniard revealed his resignation to the press on Sunday following defeat to Sevilla.

This was all after telling the Spanish giants' owner, Peter Lim, who also owns a majority stake in non-league side Salford City along with the Class of '92, that he would step down prior to the game.


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In his final press conference as manager, Nuno said: "I have spoken with the owner, the president and we are all agreed that Valencia is a project for the present and the future and I don't want that to stop.

"I want Valencia to return to being one of the biggest clubs in Europe."

Nuno has seemingly left in the hope that Los Che, who currently sit ninth and just nine points from bottom in La Liga, can return to the previous form which propelled them to finish fourth last season.

Valencia have always been one of the major European clubs but seem to consistently fall short of expectations.

Having secured their last La Liga title in 2003/04, they have since failed to challenge for another league title.

Their pull factor hasn't gone astray, though, given they still manage to convince world-renowned talent to stay at the Mestalla Stadium, Diego Alves, Parejo and Jose Gaya all choosing to ignore offers from major European clubs.

Having contributed greatly to the careers of David Villa, Juan Mata and David Silva over the years, Neville will be hoping another gem will soon come through the ranks.

Their current squad realistically doesn't need improving - just a few tweaks here and there - but the Englishman faces a tough task to steer the side back into the top four and ultimately gain Champions League qualification with his limited experience in coaching.

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