Andre Villas-Boas and Rafael Benitez are reportedly on Valencia’s shortlist to replace Gary Neville at the end of the season as the Manchester United legend continues to struggle in management.
Valencia have not won any of their eight La Liga games since Neville’s appointment on a contract until the end of the season, and were thrashed 7-0 by Barcelona in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Having failed to get the backing of the Valencia fans, Neville is unlikely to remain at the Mestalla, and sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch already has potential replacements in mind.
According to Spanish publication AS, Garcia Pitarch is keen on the idea of bringing former manager Rafael Benitez back to the club after he was sacked by Real Madrid earlier this season.
Benitez led Valencia to their last La Liga title in 2003-04, after which he left for Liverpool, and he has since won major European trophies in spells in charge of the Reds and Chelsea.
Another ex-Chelsea boss, Villas-Boas is also thought to be in the frame. The 38-year-old lasted less than a season at Stamford Bridge and also suffered the sack at Tottenham Hotspur.
He is rebuilding his reputation at Zenit St Petersburg, leading them to the domestic title and last 16 of the Champions League, but has already admitted that this is his last season in Russia.
Neville will still have a busy summer as assistant to England manager Roy Hodgson at Euro 2016, but could be analysing managers from the Sky Sports studio again come the start of next season.
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