Gary Neville sacked as Valencia manager

Spanish club, Valencia, have dismissed Gary Neville less than four months after his surprise appointment as head coach.

Neville, 41, who is also a coach in Roy Hodgson’s England set-up, was eyeing a permanent replacement to Nuno Espirito Santo who left the Mestalla in December.

But the hopes of the Manchester United legend were thwarted on Wednesday when Els Taronges decided to terminate his appointment and immediately replace him with former Liverpool assistant manager, Pako Ayestran.

A statement published by the club on Wednesday afternoon reads:

“Valencia Football Club has today terminated its contractual relationship with Gary Neville as first team coach.

“After carefully analysing the sporting situation, the club has decided to make this change in the best interests of Valencia for the remainder of the season.

“The club thanks Gary Neville for his work and wishes him the best of luck in the future.”

During his short tenure, Neville oversaw the club’s exit from the UEFA Champions League, a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Barcelona and most recently an exit from the Europa League.

It took the former Sky Sports pundit 10 matches to notch his first league win, which finally came with a 2-1 win over Espanyol in February. That was just one of three wins in the league.

Neville leaves the club, who appointed him in the hope he could inspire the club to Champions League qualification, 14th in the table.