Gary Neville has lifted the lid on his time as manager of Valencia, revealing that he "underestimated how difficult it would be" and that he "ignored Sir Alex Ferguson 's advice".
The Manchester United legend had an ill-fated 28 game spell in charge of the Spanish club back in November 2015 and was sacked just four months later after recording the lowest win percentage in La Liga history for a Valencia manager.
Reflecting on his time at the helm on an episode ofSky Sports Off Script Podcast , Neville admitted that there was "a little bit of arrogance, a bit of ego" involved in his decision to take the role in the first place.
"I think at that point, I'd lived through Man United for 20 years, I'd gone to Sky and it had gone well. So you felt a little bit unbreakable, a little bit, in a position where nothing is going to go wrong.
"When you are unprepared you're not working as hard as some people are. When you take something on that you are not qualified in or not as qualified as you should be, you get a slap around the face.
"I underestimated how difficult it would be in a different league in a different city in a different country and the language barrier and all that entails.
"I underestimated the size of the job I was about to take on. I knew it was going to be difficult because the results weren't great.
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"I had been told by my brother, who was over there, that the dressing room was struggling."
Neville also turned to his former boss Ferguson for pointers but subsequently ignored his advice, something he admits was not his "wisest moment".
"Early on, it was clear that some players were unhappy", Neville added. "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. I ignored Sir Alex Ferguson's advice."
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