Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes Gary Neville has taken on a difficult job at Valencia but is backing the former Manchester United defender to be a success in La Liga.
Neville was named Valencia’s new head coach until the end of the season on Wednesday, joining his brother Phil in Spain, who will remain on the club’s coaching staff.
Pochettino enjoys a good relationship with Neville, who spent time at Tottenham’s training ground last season and recently described the Argentine as his “favourite coach in the Premier League”.
The Spurs boss is an avid follower of Spanish football, after spending eight years playing for Espanyol, and he believes Neville can thrive at his new club.
“I sent a text to him to wish him all the best because he is my colleague,” Pochettino said.
“He is a brilliant man and I wish him all the best. It’s a difficult job to take Valencia now.
“I know very well Valencia and Spanish football but he is capable of managing Valencia. I wish him all the best in a difficult job now.
“Always it is difficult to arrive in a new country, new language, new culture. It is all new for him.
“For me also it was very difficult at Southampton. It was maybe a very similar moment. But he is capable, he is very clever.”
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