Hazard Lacks Passion – Gary Neville

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has taken aim at the ambition of Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

Neville says Hazard will never reach the elite level of players after reacting to comments recently made by the Belgian.

Hazard stated: “I love to enjoy the game.

“I try to be the best, but if I’m not, then that’s not a problem for me. I just want to enjoy being on the field. I know that you sometimes have difficult moments in football, so I’m trying to play football on the same level. It does not matter in my mind to be the best.”

Neville cannot understand his statement. He believes that the Belgian’s mentality must be to try to become the best of the world.

“That really disappoints me. Really … He is a top player. Look he’d beat me nine out of ten times in a one-on-one situation. But if we try to push him to that category of Neymar. He will never achieve that. He has disappointed with his passion.”

Valencia Sack Gary Neville

Valencia have sacked Gary Neville and named Pako Ayestaran as their new head coach until the end of the season.

Neville was appointed on December 2 but failed to win any of his first nine matches in charge in La Liga and has also suffered elimination from the Copa del Rey and Europa League.

Valencia have lost their last three matches in the league after a brief upturn in form in February and sit in 14th place in the Spanish top flight, six points clear of the relegation zone.

“After carefully analysing the sporting situation, the Club has decided to make this change in the best interests of Valencia ahead of the end of the current season,” a club statement reads.

“The Club is grateful for Gary Neville’s work and wish him the best of luck for the future.”

The job at Mestalla was Neville’s first in management, with the former Manchester United right-back also occupying a role as an England assistant coach.

He has most prominently worked as a pundit on Sky Sports following his retirement and is a co-owner of English non-league side Salford City along with Valencia owner Peter Lim.

Neville Not Nervous

Valencia boss Gary Neville says he is not nervous despite failing to win any La Liga game since taking over.

Neville’s side are 14th, four points above the drop zone, before Saturday’s visit of Espanyol.

But the Englishman said: “I haven’t seen the players panic and they’ve not seen me panic.

“There can be a hurricane on the outside but you have to be in the eye of the storm on the inside.”

Neville has seen pressure increasing since the Copa Del Rey semi final debacle at the hands of Barcelona. Valencia who finished fourth last season, have lost four and drawn five league games since Neville was appointed at the start of December.

Last week’s embarrassing 7-0 first-leg defeat at Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final led to former captain, Santiago Canizares demanding his resignation.

“There’s been no huge sway to behave in a different way the last few weeks of results,” Neville added.

“We’ve not changed tack, we’ve not changed the way in which we work. We believe in our work and proving ourselves.

“We have to win against Espanyol and that’s what we’re focusing on. It’s a final.”

Espanyol are fourth-bottom in the Spanish top-flight, only three points short of Valencia before Saturday’s meeting at the Mestalla.

And Neville has urged Los Che fans to get behind his team after only 10,000 showed up to Wednesday’s 1-1 second-leg draw against Barca.

“I am grateful to the fans who came out to support us,” added Neville. “Those who didn’t want to come are within their rights.

“Mestalla will be full on Saturday, and the atmosphere will be electric.

“We need the fans more than ever on Saturday.”