5 worst managerial appointments over the last decade
Football has evolved at a sublime rate over the past few years. The legacy of this sport has been carried to the new generation in a very changed fashion. It wouldn't be unfair to say that the culture of the game is nothing similar to its antiquity.
A sense of impatience and instant success has entered the game. Every club wants to win and compete at the top level but not by building up from scratch. The hunger for success has driven the sport to an era of madness.
In pursuit of dominance, the clubs are leaving no stones unturned. Be it taking some tough calls or spending a world record fee, no permutations are left unexplored. Breaking the stereotype is the new trend. Sometimes, these decisions backfire, and when they do they leave the spectators both amused and bemused.
Having said that, we take a look at the worst managerial appointments done over the last decade. Some of these managers left the world of football absolutely puzzled.
#5 Gary Neville - Valencia
Valencia had appointed the former Manchester United defender as their new manager in December 2015. He was handed a five-month contract with the aim of securing the Champions League place by the end of the season.
Valencia was ninth in the table when Neville took the charge, trailing the 4th spot by just five points. The decision to hire Neville was met with many surprises in Spain, due to his lack of prior experience, and as he was not fluent in Spanish.
In his first match in charge, Valencia crashed out of the Champions League after a defeat against Lyon. The next eight matches were a nightmare for the club as Neville failed to register a win. There was still something special to come. Valencia faced Barcelona in the semi-finals of Copa Del Ray. Barca hammered them 7-0 and the fans chanted for the Englishman's resignation.
Valencia also crashed out of the Europa League following an aggregate score defeat against Bilbao. On 30th March 2016, Gary Neville was sacked as Valencia manager, four months into his contract. He left Valencia at the 14th spot in the league, just six points above the relegation zone.