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Former Manchester United defender takes on bigger role with La Liga side Valencia

Phil Neville has been at the Spanish club since July.

Image: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport

Updated at 20.40

PHIL NEVILLE’S ROLE at Valencia has grown significantly with the recent departure of Nuno Espirito Santo on Sunday.

The former Manchester United and Everton utility player has been at the Spanish club since July and previously served as a first-team coach at Old Trafford during David Moyes’ short spell in charge.

Neville remained in his role when Ryan Giggs took over in a caretaker capacity but wasn’t retained by Louis van Gaal.

Valencia have suffered in recent weeks, winning just once from their last five games in all competitions, and are 9th in the La Liga table.

But it hasn’t been good enough, with the departing Nuno commenting on Sunday:

We are all in agreement that the current situation is not good, and that we must all do what is best for the club. This has always been my intention.”

Neville will take on additional responsibility and assist Salvador ‘Voro’ Gonzalez until a new manager is appointed.

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