Five appointments Valencia's Gary Neville should be wary of following Pako Ayestaran's arrival

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Gary Neville may be the toast of Valencia after leading Los Che to three consecutive wins in all competitions, including a 6-0 demolition of Rapid Wien in the Europa League, but he shouldn't get too comfortable just yet.

The arrival of Rafa Benitez's former Liverpool assistant, Pako Ayesteran, should set alarm bells ringing with his appointment suggesting change could yet be afoot.

Neville would not be the first manager to fall victim to such a coup, though, as these five examples demonstrate.


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1. Martin Jol & Rene Meulensteen - Fulham

When Meulensteen arrived at Craven Cottage following a run of poor results back in November 2013, many feared the worst for Jol.

Not the Dutchman, though, who insisted it was his decision to bring the former Manchester United coach on board and that he was “very pleased” with the appointment.

He was sacked less than a month later, with Meulensteen taking his place.

2. Harry Redknapp & Velimir Zajec - Portsmouth

Having already clashed with owner Milan Mandaric over the future of then-assistant manager Jim Smith, Redknapp found himself further undermined by the appointment of Yugoslavian coach Zajec as Director of Football at Fratton Park.

It marked the beginning of the end for Redknapp, who eventually resigned as manager in November 2004 with the Croatian taking the reins.

"Bringing in Mr Zajec pushed Harry all the way - it was the final straw,” Smith later confirmed.

3. Jose Mourinho & Avram Grant - Chelsea

A personal friend of owner Roman Abramovich, Grant was appointed Director of Football in the summer of 2007 after a season in which Manchester United pipped Chelsea to the Premier League title.

Change was afoot soon enough, with a run of poor results both domestically and in Europe resulting in Jose Mourinho's departure and the Israeli taking over, leading Chelsea to the Champions League final.

Later, following Grant's sacking, Mourinho couldn't resist sticking the boot in: "Maybe in the philosophy of a loser this was a great season, which I respect."

4. Roy Evans & Gerrard Houllier - Liverpool

Liverpool boss for four years, Evans found himself sharing managerial responsibilities with Frenchman Houllier by 1998 in an arrangement that was always likely to end in tears.

The resulting marriage of convenience lasted just three months before Evans decided to step aside.

"It was the joint management situation which was more of a problem for the players, the staff and the media I would certainly have preferred to take this job in different circumstances,” Houllier explained.

Rumours persist that the pair simply didn't see eye to eye.

5. Sam Allardyce & Steve Kean - Blackburn

Allardyce was the architect of his own downfall at Ewood Park after appointing Kean as his assistant in August 2009, claiming he "stood out above the rest through his personality, experience and knowledge of football at the highest level.”

Come December the following year, Allardyce found himself out of a job with the club's owners opting to install Kean in his place with disastrous results.

Big Sam would get his revenge, however, after successfully suing his former protégé for damages when a video surfaced online of Kean suggesting Blackburn had sacked Allardyce because he was a ‘crook’.

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