With friends like these, who needs enemies?
That’s the question Gary Neville will be asking himself when he sees the clip of his former Sky Sports colleagues Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp laughing at his misfortune at Valencia.
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“He’s not hard to wind up, Gary Neville,” Carragher replied. “He has a very short tolerance levels. No patience. He’s probably getting wound up by his results at Valencia right now!”
(Watch the video HERE).
Redknapp then added: “I bet he’s not as impatient as what the Valencia fans are!”
The two then had a good laugh at their old pal’s expense. Mates, eh?
Neville seeking maiden La Liga win
Neville took over from Nuno Espirito Santo at Valencia back in December but is still looking for his maiden La Liga victory.
Los Che have picked up a dismal five points in nine league matches under Neville - they currently sit rock-bottom of the form table in Spain - and supporters at Mestalla have already had enough of the inexperienced English coach.
Neville simply has to beat Espanyol, who were smashed 5-0 by Real Sociedad on Monday, at Mestalla this weekend. Nothing but all three points will suffice.
One of the reasons Neville took the job in the first place was because he already had an excellent working relationship with Valencia owner Peter Lim - he knew he would be effectively untouchable - but the Singaporean billionaire will be under intense pressure to wield the axe if Los Che fail to beat struggling Espanyol on Saturday evening.
Valencia in danger of being relegated
Neville was hired to help Valencia secure a top-four finish but the threat of relegation is now suddenly looming large.
The Spanish club currently find themselves 14th in La Liga, 20 points off fourth-placed Villarreal and just four points outside the bottom three.
Neville insists he has seen improvement in his players, but the experiment has been an unmitigated disaster so far.
Valencia fans are just thankful that his contract expires at the end of the season. Rafael Benitez, Manuel Pellegrini and Paco Jemez are just three of the names being touted as potential replacements.
Language barrier has been the big problem
The biggest problem for Neville has been the language barrier. The former Sky Sports pundit is a tremendous communicator who clearly knows his football, but getting his messages across to his players has proved troublesome.
It’s far too early to write off Neville as a coach - there’s no reason why he won’t succeed elsewhere and he will learn a huge amount from this experience - but there’s every chance his Spanish adventure is about to end prematurely.
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