Former Valencia striker, Alvaro Negredo believes Gary Neville joined the club at its worst time and blamed his early exit on his inability to speak Spanish.
The former Manchester United defender took over Los Che in his first venture into the managerial business, but could not see out the remainder of the 2015-16 season.
Neville only managed 10 wins from 28 games in all competitions and couldn’t save the team’s UCL campaign, as Valencia crashed out of the Copa del Rey and the Europa league, before he was replaced by Ayestaran.
Negredo admitted tension at Valencia was high during that period, making it difficult for Neville to succeed.
“I think he came in the worst moment. It was a very difficult situation; very tense with the supporters, with the technical staff … the criticism of the club was at its height,” he told ESPN FC.
“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.”
Ex-Manchester City striker Negredo has since returned to the Premier League with Middlesbrough, and he believes the English top flight is more physical than LaLiga.
“The English teams have a more direct game, stronger, more physical than Real [Madrid] or Barcelona,” added Negredo.
“For me, it hasn’t changed much in that sense. The teams are very intense, with players who fight for every ball.”