Nuno Espirito resigns as Valencia head coach – Phil Neville in line for caretaker role

Nuno Espirito Santo announced his resignation as Valencia head coach following the club’s 1-0 defeat to Sevilla on Sunday night – with reports in Spain indicating assistant manager Phil Neville could replace him on a temporary basis.
Valencia’s 1-0 defeat to Sevilla – during which they were reduced to nine-men – was noticeable for the lack of commitment and discipline of the visiting players, with Nuno revealing afterwards that he had come to the conclusion even before the game that his time in charge had probably come to an end.
“Before the game I spoke with the president, with the owner, Peter Lim, and we have spoken after the game. We are all in agreement that the situation is not good. We all want to do the best for the club,” Nuno said.
“It’s for that reason that I have taken the decision to leave the club. It’s been an honour to coach the club. I want to thank all the players I have worked with, Peter Lim and the fans.”
Nuno was appointed as manager in July 2014, guiding the club to fourth place in La Liga and Champions League qualification during his one full season in charge.
However, the club are now on the verge of elimination from the European competition and sit on the fringes of the top 10 in the league, after a disjointed start to the current campaign.
Neville, the former Manchester United and Everton player, replaced Scottish coach Ian Cathro as assistant manager at the Spanish club in the summer – after Cathro joined Steve McClaren’s Newcastle coaching staff.
He could now take charge for the club’s next game, against Barakaldo in the Copa del Rey.
“The phone call from Nuno came out of the blue — I was on the driving range,” Neville previously said about his move to Spain.
“It was one of those life-changing moments. You are almost shaking, nervous, excited. Without even consulting with the family, I said yes.
“It seemed right, working for a good manager I’d spent a bit of time with last year. And an owner I felt I could trust.”
Lim is an investor in Salford FC, the non-league club owned by Neville and some of his former Manchester United teammates.
While Neville could now take temporary charge at the club, it remains to be seen if he will have the opportunity to apply for the position on a full-time basis.

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