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02nd Nov 2018

Gary Neville savagely responds to Harry Redknapp’s remark about his spell with Valencia


Darragh Murphy

That’s a kill shot for Gary Neville

Gary Neville was told to do his homework by Harry Redknapp following his comments about Tottenham Hotspur on Monday Night Football earlier this week.

The Sky Sports pundit had described Spurs sides from years gone by as “spineless and soft, flaky, rubbish” and that remark didn’t sit well with Redknapp, who managed the North London club for almost four years.

Redknapp also mocked Neville’s ill-fated spell in charge of Valencia, where the former England right-back lasted just four months.

“I thought Gary’s comments were an absolute disgrace,” Redknapp said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“I can only comment on the three-and-a-half years I managed the club, and we weren’t gutless, we weren’t spineless, we weren’t pathetic, flaky or soft.

“It’s a disgrace to label people like Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Ledley King, Rafa van der Vaart, William Gallas, it’s a disgrace to talk about players saying they’re spineless and gutless.

“I was so disappointed and so upset by his comments. He was totally out of order.

“And listen, we can all come back – when he managed Valencia they were the worst Valencia team probably not just in the last 30 years but in their history.

“I heard him about two years ago have a pop about a couple of players, saying Tottenham had got rid of some bad apples and mentioned Michael Dawson – he was one of the best pros I’ve come across in my life. I think he needs to do his homework before he comes out and makes comments like that and talks about people in that tone.”

Neville has taken Redknapp’s advice to do his homework literally and put together a savage spreadsheet which compares his Valencia statistics with those of Redknapp when he managed Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham.

In one brutal tweet, Neville revealed that he won a higher percentage of games in La Liga than Redknapp did during his spells at QPR and Birmingham.