The Sunday Post (Dundee)
Neville couldn’t back up his chat and will pay the price
GARY NEVILLE (left) is an example of what happens when a big talker falls flat on his face.
As a player he was top drawer. As a pundit, arguably even better.
But he couldn’t turn his experience – or his opinions – into a successful run as a manager with Valencia, or as Roy Hodgson’s assistant at the ill-fated Euros.
He has never been short of a critical assessment on the Monday Night Football studio – a place to which he has now returned.
But his knowledge of the game let him down in Spain, and with England.
The problem he now faces is that he is an easy target for more-successful managers, should they get sick of his brand of analysis.
Last week on TV, Gary absolutely ripped through Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno, branding him “absolutely garbage”.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp kept his powder dry in response – but not everyone will follow suit.
In particular, it wouldn’t surprise me if Arsene Wenger gets stuck in at the first sign of criticism from Neville.
“What do you know? You’re a failed manager!” is an easy line of attack.
And I reckon somebody will pursue it very soon.