Gary Neville’s appointment at Valencia came “at the worst moment”, according to former Los Che striker Alvaro Negredo.
Neville’s brief spell at the Mestalla ending in his sacking after just days, with the La Liga club left in turmoil both on and off the pitch.
“I think he came in the worst moment,” Middlesbrough striker Negredo told ESPN. “It was a very difficult situation; very tense with the supporters, with the technical staff … the criticism of the club was at its height.
“The results didn’t go in our favour and it’s a pity, because he was a great guy and treated us very well.
“What happened was, some team-mates didn’t understand English, and a translator saying it just isn’t the same as a manager saying it.
“You don’t feel it in the same way. And, well, through the language, and the pressure that was there, there wasn’t much time … it was difficult.”