Nev evades Valencia question before discussing struggle

Date published: Monday 8th August 2016 11:46

Gary Neville has said that he could have prepared himself better before he took the managerial job at Valencia.

Neville was appointed manager of the Spanish club in December 2015, with his only previous coaching experience coming in Roy Hodgson’s set-up at England.

The 41-year-old had fostered a reputation as a football pundit for Sky Sports, but struggled in La Liga, winning just three of 16 games.

He was sacked within four months, and has now returned to a similar role to his last one at Sky.

Asked about his experiences in Spain, Neville admitted that he should have prepared himself better.

“Can we talk about Pogba?” Neville replied when asked about his experiences with Valencia.

He continued: “I look back at what I could have done different myself initially at Valencia and managing abroad, the difficulties that I had, and how I could have done things differently.

“Decisions I could have made, maybe preparation that could have been done better. To actually prepare myself for not being able to speak the language, to integrate into a different culture.

“I think that was a sharp experience, a big experience for me.

“In terms of England it’s not a new experience – I’ve been to eight tournaments. Apart from one they’ve pretty much all had the same ending. That’s the disappointment with that one.”

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