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Former Liverpool boss lined up to replace Gary Neville

Former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez is being lined up to replace Gary Neville at Valencia, A Bola reports.

Neville’s tenure in Spain took a dramatic turn for the worse on Wednesday night, when his Valencia team were thrashed 7-0 by Barcelona.

The humiliating Copa del Rey semi-final defeat was a crushing blow for the club’s supporters, who had been dreaming of a first trophy since 2008.

Neville’s record in La Liga hasn’t been much better, with the England coach registering five draws and three defeats from eight matches.

Benitez, who was harshly dismissed by Real Madrid in January, was the last manager to win La Liga with Valencia, and is still greatly admired by everyone at the club.

The 55 year-old’s representatives have already made it clear that he would be open to taking over at the club whenever Neville’s reign comes to an end.

The big question is whether Neville will be dismissed before the end of the season, or allowed to see the 2015/16 campaign out in charge.


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