Spanish club Valencia have announced they have sacked first-team coach Gary Neville. The former Manchester United right-back has been shown the door after managing the side to just three wins in his 16 La Liga games in charge. Valencia lost their last game 2-0 at home to Celta Vigo which left them in 14th place six points above the relegation zone.
A statement from the La Liga club read: “After careful consideration, the club have decided to make a change with the best interests of the Valencia CF moving forward this season. We thank Gary for his work at Valencia and wish him the best in the future.”
Neville also issued a statement on the club’s website following his departure, which read: “I want to thank Valencia, the fans, the coaching staff and players.I would have liked to continue the work I started, but I understand that we are in business based on results and in 28 games we have seen 10 wins, seven draws and 11 defeats, which is not the level demanded by me or by this club.”
Pako Ayestaran, who was assistant coach of Valencia from 2001 to 2004 under Rafa Benitez, has been appointed as head coach of the club until the end of the season.Neville was appointed as Valencia manager on a six-month contract in December and combined the role alongside his duties as England coach. Under Neville’s guidance, Valencia were knocked out of the Champions League following a 2-0 home defeat to Lyon in December, a result which forced them into the Europa League, from which they also exited earlier this month after losing on away goals to Athletic Bilbao. His brother Phill Neville is staying on at the club as assistant coach.