English Gary Neville acknowledges his mistakes in his time at Valencia in the 2015-2016 season, making it clear that “the last thing he needed” so the Spanish team was “an inexperienced coach like him”, and blaming much of the blame for having been “weak” in making “big decisions” in the locker room or for not having fulfilled his “main role, trying to win football games.”
“Looking back, the last thing Valencia needed was an inexperienced coach and the last thing I needed was inexperienced staff”, Neville relates in the podcast 'Off Script' of 'Sky Sports', where he notes that “originally” he said no to Peter Lim. “Then I decided to do it for him because he had shown great faith in me and I wanted to pay him back,” he adds.
However, that was one of his failures. “It was a decision that I made in two days and that was influenced by a little arrogance and ego. I had been in one of the most successful clubs in the world for 20 years (Manchester United), I felt indestructible, “he admits.
“But I quickly discovered that when you're unprepared and you're faced with something you're not qualified for, then you get slapped“continues the oldest of the Neville brothers, who also talks about how the city was” a hotbed of soccer. “” I was a stranger in a city that I did not expect, “he says.
The former defense officer arrived at the Turia club warned by his brother Phil, an assistant with the Portuguese Nuno, that the locker room was “fractured”. “You should have seen the warning signs much faster and entered crisis mode there. Looking back, I underestimated being in a different league from a different country and the size of the job, “says the Englishman.
“I never dealt with my main role, which was trying to win soccer games. At first, it was clear that some players were not happy and I should have made big decisions about those who were not committed to the club at the time“Neville stresses, who doubted the possibility of having met opposition in the case of having separated someone.” That was weak on my part, it should have been decisive, “he regrets.
“When I left, I promised myself I would never weaken again with a big decision. I was weak for four months where I lost my confidence,” adds the former Manchester United player, who even went so far as not to “go to training” or not take part. ” in training sessions. ” He was also “ashamed” of having to use a translator to explain to the players, especially because he considers himself “a good communicator”.
“Valverde played with me like he was a puppet”
Gary Neville does not forget either that “the press and the media were brutal” with his figure. “I left many press conferences with the feeling that I had been questioned. There were also no fellow coaches who supported me. And honestly, sometimes he was totally overwhelmed against any of them in the technical zone“he remarks, emphasizing” especially “Ernesto Valverde, then Athletic.
“He changed his system three times and he was always one step ahead of me. It felt like he was playing with me, like he was a little puppet,” remembers. He also has words for Diego Pablo Simeone. “I felt that he was strangling me gently, he was torturing me in terms of football for 90 minutes. At the end of the game, I went to shake his hand and he passed me and I did not like that. Whatever happens, you go and shake your opponent's hand, that's respect, “he says.
Neville tells his 'trick' to stop Cristiano Ronaldo
“Leave the Mestalla lawn as a farm.” Gary Neville talks about his strategy to stop Cristiano and Bale when training Valencia. The match ended 2-2 and meant the removal of Rafa Benítez as coach of Real Madrid: “What I remember most about that game was our tactic of leaving the pitch very long and not watering so that the ball would not go so fast, hoping to stop Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. I left Mestalla like a farmer's field. Cristiano approached me before the game and said 'cut the field', and I said 'there is no chance'. It worked”.
Finally, he was dismissed in late March. “The players need a coherent message and believe in the process. I did not give them that. The most important thing that Valencia taught me was being clinical and decisive in decision making. When I look at the leaders, I want clarity, consistency and decisive actions, and I was neither of those things in Valencia, I was weak. Phil saw it firsthand and was very frustrated with me. He saw someone who had been very resistant, strong and robust throughout his life collapsing in front of him, in key principles such as allowing other people to lead, “says the former international.
Get in Touch
Get in touch by shooting an email to email@example.com, and we will respond back within 24-72 hours.
- Mayoral, the final decision
- Luis Enrique's message of encouragement to Hospital del Mar
- A restart for Atlético B
- United's 10 worst signings in the post-Ferguson era
- The Villa of the Pan American Games became an emergency hospital to care for those infected with coronavirus
- Napoli thinks of 'playing' Cavani
- Premier clubs ask for five changes and play without VAR to end the season
- Conmebol highlights its financial strength to face the impact of COVID-19
- Cristóforo: “I have felt very comfortable”
- What would happen in the rest of the leagues if you follow the example of Belgium?
- A Real Madrid anti-crisis
- Biris deliver medical supplies and food at Virgen del Rocio hospital
- Premier League: Heung-Min Son Takes Advantage of the Pandemic to Go Military in South Korea | Premier League 2019
- Italian football president talks about resuming on May 20
- The Conmebol approved its balance: the important numbers that the 72nd Ordinary Congress threw
- The explosion of the coronavirus in Paris could begin at the gates of the Parc des Princes
- “No problem working hard with these views”
- Several Primera teams are interested in the loan of Pedri
- “If they force us to play, I am willing to lose every game out of respect for the dead”
- Athletics Ottawa's brilliant initiative to reassure fans
- “Please don't hit me anymore, Mr. Benito” and other unforgettable moments of a Real Madrid legend
- The Iniesta family donates 20 beds to the Albacete hospital and orders more material
- Son will serve a mandatory three-week military service
- Simeone's premonitory confession to Godín before the crossing against Liverpool
- AFE is seen today with Thebes: “The one who will say what to do is the Government”