Valencia owner Peter Lim has moved to clarify the circumstances surrounding the sacking of Gary Neville as manager.
Neville was appointed manager of the Spanish side until the end of the season in December, but the England assistant was sacked by the club at the end of March.
Former Manchester United right-back Neville won just three of 16 La Liga games, and was replaced by Pako Ayestaran as the Spanish side look to end the season strongly and secure safety from relegation.
It was reported that Lim was on holiday when it was decided that Neville would be sacked, but the club chairman has moved to deny such claims.
“Gary Neville’s departure as the manager of Valencia was mutually and amicably agreed between both sides,” a spokesman for Lim told Straits Times.
“This decision was carefully considered and made with the best interests of the club moving forward.
“Gary had also endorsed the appointment of his assistant manager Pako Ayestaran as his replacement.
“The timing of the announcement was agreed beforehand with Gary to take place after the international break so as to minimise disruption to the Valencia team.
“On the day of the announcement, Mr Lim was away in Bali on a business trip and not for a holiday.”