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Gary Neville slams Luis Enrique over Valencia v Barcelona snub

Former Valencia boss Gary Neville has opened up on a touchline spat with Luis Enrique during his stint in charge of Los Che.

The former Manchester United defender was the shock appointment at the Estadio Mestalla in December 2015 despite his lack of top flight experience.

Neville’s time in charge was a disaster with just three La Liga wins from 16 games before his sacking in March 2016.

His time in Spain has seemingly convinced Neville against a move into coaching with the former defender openly admitting to his struggles.

The managerial merry-go-round has continued at Valencia since Neville’s exit, but despite his pragmatism over being underprepared, Neville believes he was not welcome in La Liga.

“I remember with Luis Enrique, when Barcelona beat us 7-0 in the Copa del Rey. They were winning 5-0, he didn’t substitute Neymar, Messi or Suarez”, he said in Sky Sports Stick To Football podcast.

“At the end of the game, he walked straight past me and didn’t shake my hand, I felt he was sending a message that I didn’t belong.”

Enrique’s Barcelona went on to defend their Copa del Rey trophy, after disposing of Neville’s Valencia in semi finals, and retained their La Liga title on the back of a trophy treble in the previous campaign.

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