Sunday 17 December 2017

Gary Neville clarifies managerial comments as Valencia pile pressure on Rafa Benitez

Gary Neville
Gary Neville
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Valencia coach Gary Neville has moved to clear up the confusion over his claims that his long-term ambition was not to remain in the game as a manager.

In an interview with his former employers Sky Sports, Neville appeared to suggest that he did not want to be a manager in the game.

That sparked suggestions that he was planning to move his career in a different direction when his six-month stint as Valencia boss came to an end, but he has insisted that is not the case.

Speaking after his side's 2-2 draw against Real Madrid on Sunday, Neville offered up these comments.

“I was talking about 15-20 years time when I talked about management,” he said, as he suggested he wanted to remain at Valencia into next season.

“I don’t want be a coach just for six months. I absolutely hope I’m here beyond six months, but I need to prove myself.”

Valencia had the chances to beat ten-man Madrid at the Mestalla on Sunday night, with their novice boss admitted he was impressed by what he saw from his team.

“I actually felt really good out there watching that game. Even when they scored for 2-1 I felt frustrated but I felt good," he added.

“Some things I’ve seen from Valencia players in this game are of a really high level. A really high level and these are young guys.

“There were a lot of good things over a sustained period of time and it’s a much better performance level.

“I think we saw goals, chances created, confidence, belief, passing the ball, all the things I’d want to see."

The draw piled additional pressure on Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez, who is rumoured to be on the brink of being sacked by the capital city giants.

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