Richard Keys has insisted that Gary Neville has made a mistake by only signing a five-month contract with Valencia.
Neville was unveiled as the La Liga side's new manager in a press conference yesterday, but Keys has suggested that the Manchester United legend could endure difficulties over the coming months.
It must be noted, however, that Keys has also insisted that he wishes Neville 'success' during his managerial stint.
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Writing in his blog, Keys stated: "It's a bold decision, although only taking it for an initial five months is a mistake in my view. Already is says to players 'I'm not here long enough to bother you'. How can he persuade them to join him in his project when they all know the chances are he'll be gone in the summer. Right now, anyone falling out with Gary is likely to be there longer than him.
"I've said before that he can always return to tv, but it would be a blot on his cv if he cuts and runs after just five months. I desperately hope he gets the 'football' bug again and wants to be around a club 24/7. Having worked with them all, I know the best 'pundits' are those that have enjoyed getting their boots on again. I wish Gary only success."
Sky Sports dig
Keys, a former employee at Sky Sports, unsurprisingly took a dig at the company, claiming they're 'dreadful people at the top of the organisation'. In fact, the beIN Sports presenter has admitted that he's pleased Neville turned down a lucrative deal with the corporation.
Keys continued by writing: "We read that Sky offered him a 5-year £15m deal. I'm glad he wasn't daft enough to fall for that. NO contract at Sky is for longer than 6 months, as Andy Gray found out. They'll offer that when they want to get rid of you - and set the attack dogs on you if you don't settle. They're dreadful people at the top of the organisation."
Huge opportunity for Neville
Ultimately, Keys does have a valid point; it's not going to be easy for Neville to implement a long-term plan at Valencia.
But that shouldn't necessarily faze Neville, who will be determined to prove his credentials as a manager. As a player and pundit, the Manchester United legend has a great deal of respect from within the game, but he will be well aware that he's about to embark on a completely different challenge altogether.
Securing success at Valencia over the next five months won't be easy, of course, but there's no reason why Neville won't enhance his reputation sooner rather than later.
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