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Hernan Crespo Adds To Chorus Of Discontent Over Gary Neville’s Reign At Valencia

VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 09: Gary Neville manager of Valencia CF faces the media during a press conference ahead of Wednesday's Copa del Rey Semi Final, second leg match between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at Paterna Training Centre on February 9, 2016 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Gary Neville’s reputation as a pundit on Sky Sports and as a coach in the England international set-up under Roy Hodgson ensured his reputation as a well-informed, acute observer of football was ascending with continued momentum.

This though, was still not enough to eliminate incredulity in the reaction to his appointment of La Liga side Valencia.

A hotelier and a businessman, Neville also has a 10% stake in Salford City FC; a semi-professional outfit in Greater Manchester. As do former team mates Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.  The 50% balance of the club is owned by a Singoporean businessman and investor, Peter Lim.  Lim, with a net worth of just shy of €2 Billion, Salford City was never going to be the only club he had a stake hold in.

Gary Neville looks on as Salford take on Notts County in the FA Cup
Gary Neville looks on as Salford take on Notts County in the FA Cup

Shortly before the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, as Spanish thoughts lay with hopes of continued global domination, the introverted Lim took a majority shareholding in the club, having bought 70.4% of the clubs shares from The Valencia Foundation.

In a statement released in the immediate aftermath of his purchase, he said “I am very glad to have been selected the winning bidder after a rigorous selection process. Fans of Valencian Football Club can finally see an end to months of uncertainty.”

It was a decision both the club president Amadeo Salvador and the foundation all supported.

Nuno Espírito Santo resigned on the 29th of November after a defeat to Sevilla. That it was Neville who was his successor took many by surprise. But the business connection was already there through Salford, so in essence, there could have been bigger surprises.

But having lost four and drawn five games under Neville, the pressure has intensified. And adding to the crescendo of protest is former Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo.

The Argentinian told Fox Sports {Via Goal} that “to watch a game from the TV, it’s much different than from the bench.  I’m almost happy for Gary Neville’s troubles at Valencia. I remember he was too harsh as a TV pundit”.

It wasn’t all vitriol from the former Inter Milan front man though.  On speaking about Claudio Ranieri and the breathtaking job he has done at Premier League leaders Leicester City, he said: “When he trained me {at Chelsea}, he had to change everything because so many new players had arrived at Chelsea that he had to integrate into the team. He was unfortunate because we finished second in the league and were eliminated at the semi-final stage of the Champions League”.

“Ranieri with Leicester is doing an incredible job on a mental level. The players are playing with maximum organisation, making the most of their movements.”

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