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Breaking: Gary Neville sacked by Valencia

Valencia v Rapid Vienna - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: First Leg

VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 18: Gary Neville manager of Valencia CF looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg match between Valencia CF and Rapid Vienna at Estadi de Mestalla on February 18, 2016 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Fotopress/Getty Images)

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After almost four months in-charge of La Liga side Valencia, Gary Neville has been sacked after a poor run of form since taking over.

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The 41-year old manager took over at the club in December 2015, and has since led the side to a record of 10-7-11.

Neville released this statement following the announcement:

“I would like to thank Valencia Football Club, the fans, staff and the players. I would have liked to have continued the work I started but understand that we are in a results business and in the 28 games (W10 D7 L11) they have not been to my standards or to those which are required by this Club.”

The Manchester United standout, who made 400 appearances for the club in his playing career, struggled from start with Valencia. Despite an early 1-1 draw with Barcelona just a few days into his tenure, the club was later embarrassed by the league leaders in the Copa del Rey by an aggregate score of 8-1.

Valencia currently sits 14th in La Liga, six points above the relegation zone.

With only the league left to play for this season for Valencia, after bailing out of the UEFA Europa League in the Round of 16, Neville always seemed likely to lose his job.

Valencia has appointed Pako Ayestaran for the remainder of the season, according to a club press release. Ayestaran was formerly an assistant coach with the team from 2001 to 2004.

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