Valencia manager Gary Neville will leave the club at the end of the season, barring a major upturn in form, it has been revealed.
The England coach, who joins up with Roy Hodgson’s side on Sunday, has made up his mind on his future — despite Valencia owner Peter Lim wanting him to stay beyond the summer when his short-term contract expires.
Valencia gave their best performance yet under Neville in a 2-1 Europa League win over Athletic Bilbao on Thursday but were denied a place in the quarter-finals on away goals.
A handball was not spotted in the build-up to Athletic’s away goal but after the game Neville said: “Results are not what they should be for this club and that’s something I’m very aware of.”
The former Manchester United defender has never liked the idea that he was in the job only due to his friendship and business relationship with Lim so he needed some success this season to feel justified in taking the club forward.
Seventh place should be enough to qualify for Europe and if Valencia can beat Celta Vigo, they will be eight points away with eight games left. Neville could have his mind changed if his young team go on a run but as things stand he looks set to leave.
He had previously been touted as a future England and Manchester United manager but it remains to be seen what will happen to him if he eventually leaves Valencia at the end of the season as expected.