Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville has been named caretaker manager at La Liga side Valencia along following the resignation of head coach Nuno Espirito Santo on Sunday night.
The departing manager reportedly informed club chairman Peter Lim of his decision to leave the club before Valecia’s 1-0 defeat to Sevilla on Sunday night, although the announcement was made after the match.
Valencia in an official statement on its website said;
“After this termination, Salvador Gonzalez’Voro’ has been named interim coach, with support from Phil Neville and coaching staff of the club. Voro took charge of the first team until a new coach is appointed.” The statement read.
Neville has not managed a club side before, and he only arrived in Spain in July this year after being appointed by Nuno as assistant manager. Prior to the job in Spain, Neville had been working as a first-team coach at United during David Moyes’ reign and his first La Liga game in charge will certainly test his skills when his side host the reigning La Liga champions Barcelona at the Mestalla.
Both Neville and Gonzalez known in Spain as Voro led training on Monday as they club have now confirmed that the pair have been installed on interim capacity to take charge until a replacement is found.
With Barcelona up first in La Liga after a Copa del Rey clash with Barakaldo on Wednesday, Valencia then face Lyon in the Champions League, needing a win over the French side while relying on Zenit St-Petersburg to beat Gent in order to send them through to the last-16.