Can Gary Neville be a success in such a short space of time at Valencia?

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Gary Neville has never been one to shirk a difficult confrontation or decision and his acceptance of the Valencia manager's job is unlikely to have surprised those close to him.

The news came as a bombshell to virtually everyone else however, with no prior leaks about the appointment until the official announcement. 

Indeed, so surprising was it that chatter on social media was that Los Che had got the two brothers mixed up and assistant manager Phil was taking the reins.


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In any event, it provides Gary with his first crack at senior management and he will approach it with the diligence, vigour and passion of his playing days.

Once the scourge of teams up and down the country, Neville has become something of a celebrity thanks to his unique, purposeful, informed and articulate summation of tactics and the like via his punditry job on Sky Sports.


There'll be a huge void to fill in that particular area of work, such has been Neville's impact.

The Mancunian will surely be hoping for a similar impact at Mestalla. 

John Ashdown of The Guardian already noted his words at his unveiling when he said that he "would be sceptical" of someone coming in to do the job with zero managerial experience.

Yet it says much about the former Manchester United and England right-back that he was prepared to take the risk of managing in another country. A country where he doesn't speak the language and where David Moyes has tried, and failed, to resurrect his own reputation.

The short-termism nature of the appointment aside, if Neville doesn't make a decent fist of this, arguably his cards are marked for future appointments, one of which could be the England managers job.

No affinity

Indeed, many of those polled by local papers and radio stations have mixed feelings about the appointment of someone that has no previous affiliation or affinity with the club.

In truth that is the least of Neville's worries and he will know that if he gets immediate results, the lack of support he has presently will dissipate quickly. 

The issues that face him right now are the toxicity of the dressing room and the influence that super-agent Jorge Mendes seems to have on the team.

The two seem interlinked with many of Mendes' clients ending up at the club and being promoted to the first team squad on his say so.

Nuno Santo felt he had no other option than to walk when he couldn't find the solutions to take the team out of their current freefall, something that largely has to do with the lack of cohesiveness within the squad.

Neville will stand his ground against Mendes and anyone else who wants to put forth their opinion. None matter other than his and he will stand or fall by his decisions.

Negredo recall?

One of them may be to reinstate Alvaro Negredo, initially signed on loan from Manchester City and then purchased as part of the initial deal at a cost of approx £23.8m. Within six weeks of the permanent deal being concluded Negredo found himself as an outcast after questioning Nuno's tactics.

Neville at least knows what the player brings to the table and will ensure that every player starts with a clean slate.

Six months is a long time in football and Gary Neville should be lauded for taking the risk in the hope that it brings reward.

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