Phil Neville set for managerial role in Spain

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Ex-Manchester United utility man Phil Neville could find himself temporarily in charge of La Liga giants Valencia.

Reports in the Mail have linked the 38 year old with the role after former boss Nuno Espirito Santo unexpectedly stepped down on Sunday night.

Valencia take on Barakaldo in the Spanish Cup on Wednesday, with the club unlikely to appoint a successor in time. The Mail even go as far as suggesting he could be in charge for next weekend’s crunch tie against Barcelona.

It is thought that Valencia’s ideal long-term replacement would be current Zenit St Petersburg and ex-Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas, but he wouldn’t be available until next summer. Zenit beat Valencia 2-0 in the Champions League last week, with Valencia now facing elimination from the flagship UEFA tournament.

Should Neville take the role he would find himself in charge of a struggling club – they sold Nicolas Otamendi to Manchester City in August and failed to bring in Eliaquim Mangala as a replacement, while their forward line is being led by inexperienced 19 year old Santi Mina.

Neville would be following in familiar footsteps if he takes the role on a permanent basis; fellow Brits Chris Coleman, David Moyes, and John Toshack have all managed in Spain in the recent past.

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Valencia are expected to make an announcement in the coming days.



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