Gary Neville Reveals He ‘Ignored Sir Alex Ferguson’s Advice’ At Valencia

Gary
Neville ignored advice from his former Manchester United manager Sir
Alex Ferguson during his disastrous four months in charge of Valencia.

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Neville
won only 10 of his 28 games in charge of the Spanish club when he
surprisingly took over in December 2015, and hasn’t returned to
management since.

He has opened up about some of his regrets
in Sky Sports’ Off Script podcast, and admitted it wasn’t his ‘wisest
moment’ not to heed the words of his former boss.

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He
said: ‘Early on, it was clear that some players were unhappy. I should
have made big decisions on players that weren’t committed to club at
that point.

‘I remember speaking to Sir Alex Ferguson quite
early on and his advice was: ‘”Just get rid of them, son. Protect
yourself. Only have people in the dressing room that are facing the same
direction as you.”

‘But I didn’t listen. I tried to talk some players round to staying until the end of the season. But they weren’t happy.

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‘I ignored Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice.’

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Ferguson had a long history of dispensing with players at Old Trafford when he felt they were no longer aligned with his vision.

Paul
Ince, Jaap Stam, Roy Keane, David Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooy were
all shown the door by Ferguson during his trophy-laden 27 years in
charge.

After his troubled Valencia spell, Neville returned
to his previous job as a Sky Sports pundit and hasn’t gone back to
coaching since, save for working as a coach under Roy Hodgson with
England.

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He left the national side after their Euro 2016
humiliation at the hands of Iceland, and has no intention of going back
to that line of work.

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