Gary Neville is now the number one man at the Mestalla as manager of Valencia but his decision to take up the job has been viewed as a huge gamble by former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann.
The German is of the opinion that Gary would’ve remained in England as assistant to Roy Hodgson instead of joining his brother Phil Neville, who is already an assistant coach at the club.
Neville’s appointment was surprisingly made this afternoon and his contract with Valencia runs until the end of the season.
“I’m very surprised and I’m not sure it’s the right move,” The Telegraph quotes Hamann as saying. “He’s in a very good position. He’s doing his Monday Night Football [on Sky], which he does very well, and he’s assistant manager to Roy Hodgson.
“Going to a foreign country as your first job – and I know his brother is there and will have done some homework having been there for a few months – but it’s a huge, huge task.
“To go abroad, not speaking the language and not knowing the league is a huge task. I don’t really understand why he’s done it because he would have got a big job in England in six or 12 months’ time. I think he’s taking a big, big chance.”
Neville will relinquish his role as a Sky Sports pundit to focus on his new role.