Brits Abroad – How Will Gary Neville Do At Valencia?


With the announcement that Gary Neville has taken the Head Coach role at Valencia, we take a look at 5 other British men who have taken the plunge and discuss whether they’ve been a success or a flop in La Liga.

David Moyes: 
Moyes should never have left Everton. His career has gone down the pan since leaving the Toffees in 2013 to manage then Premier League champions, Manchester United. After a frustrating year, the Scotsman was fired and the reds finished the season in 7th place. His time at Real Sociedad was no happier, with a win percentage record of 28.57%, it could be suggested that Moyes was out of his depth, therefore he was fired in November 2015.
Games in Charge: 42
Wins: 12
Trophies: N/A

Ron Atkinson:
Atkinson is another ex-Manchester United manager who went on to manage in La Liga. In October 1988, Atlético Madrid came calling for the Scouser, however, Big Ron’s dream move to Spain quickly fell through after falling out with the club’s president, Jesus Gil. He lasted only three months.
Games in Charge: 12
Wins: 6
Trophies: N/A

Howard Kendell:
The late Everton favourite took charge of Athletic Bilbao in 1987. In his two season at the Basque-based club, Bilbao ended up in 4th and 7th place, however, at the start of his 3rd season in charge, things started to go pear-shaped, with a new President in charge and with the transfer policy of Basque-only players at the club, Kendall struggled and left the club, joining Manchester City shortly after.
Games in Charge: 102
Wins: 44
Trophies: N/A

Terry Venables:
‘El Tel’ was a surprise choice for the Barcelona job in 1984, however, he proved his worth by winning the Spanish league in 1985 and leading his team to their first European Cup final in over 25 years – although they lost on penalties to Steaua Bucharest. After failing to win the league again, he was fired in 1987.
Games in Charge: 75
Wins: N/A
Trophies: La Liga Champions (1984-85)
Copa de la Liga Winners (1985-86)

Sir Bobby Robson:
The late, great Sir Bobby Robson is loved throughout the footballing world for his distinct style of managing. Having taken charge of a variety of club in Europe including PSV Eindhoven, Sporting CP and Porto, the ex-England manager took charge of Spanish giants Barcelona. He was only in charge for one season, however, he managed to win the Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España and European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Games in Charge: 58
Wins: 38
Trophies: Copa del Rey (1996-97)
Supercopa de España (1996)
European Cup Winners’ Cup (1997)

There is no evidence to suggest whether Gary Neville will be a success at Valencia when looking at previous British managers in La Liga. Some have done extremely well and are now adored at their previous clubs, and some would rather forget they have ever visited Spain. Valencia do have a good squad, which bodes well for Neville, however, if you are expecting him to be able to overhaul Real Madrid and the red-hot Barcelona team destroying everyone in their path, you may need to take a step back and re-evaluate your thought process!

David Moyes Sacked! But Who Has Replaced Him?

Poor David Moyes. After just under a year in charge of Real Sociedad, the Scotsman has found himself on the dung heap again. He must be wishing that he never the left the security of Everton, where he was adored by the fans and respected by the players. However, with his Real Sociedad team second from bottom, you cannot blame the club’s owners for showing the 52-year-old the boot.

Sociedad wasted no time in replacing Moyes, mere hours after announcing his departure, the club announced former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Eusebio Sacristán as their new manager. The 51-year-old has been in charge of Barcelona B for the past 4 years, and now clearly Sociedad believe he is ready to take charge of a team who are struggling in La Liga.

Although you have to feel sorry for Moyes after his torrid times at La Real and Manchester United, there is no doubting he will back in management soon, or, if failing that, punditry… after all, BT Sport seem to be taking on anyone who has some kind of connection with football!

Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever

With his goal against Levante on 17th October 2015, Cristiano Ronaldo became the all time leading goalscorer for Real Madrid. The 30-year-old from Madeira looks like he has a few years left in him therefore it is fair to say that it is going to be hard for any future player to catch up with him. Featured in this article, are the men who join Ronaldo in the Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever.

TO GO WITH WORLD CUP 2010 PACKAGE IN ARABIC (FILES) -- Wearing a Real Madrid jersey Ferenc Puskas poses for photographer prior to their match in he 1960s. Hungarian and Real Madrid football legend, the inspiration of the 'Mighty Magyars' national side that dominated world football in the 1950s, died 17 November 2006 after a long illness in his 79 years old age. AFP PHOTO / ARCHIVE ZOLTAN THALY JR. (Photo credit should read ARCHIVE ZOLTAN THALY JR./AFP/Getty Images)

5. Ferenc Puskás (1958-1966)
In his 8 years at Real Madrid, club legend, Puskás scored 242 goals in 262 games. The man who scored 84 goals in 85 games for Hungary and also played for Spain boasts an incredible strike rate for an incredible striker, and is deserving of his place among the Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever

Games: 262
Goals: 242
Strike Rate: 0.92

cristiano-ronaldo-458-santillana-photo-at-the-santiago-bernabeu-real-madrid4. Carlos Santillana (1971-1988)
Santillana had a glittering 17 year spell with Los Blancos, and helped fire them to the summit of Spanish football by winning La Liga 9 times. Sitting at home with a cabinet bursting with trophies, Santillana must be overjoyed at the fact that he features in the Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever chart alongside arguably the greatest footballer ever, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Games: 645
Goals: 289
Strike Rate: 0.45

Alfredo-Di-Stefano_2559799b3. Alfredo Di Stefano (1953-1964)
Widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers ever, Alfredo Di Stefano finds himself third on this list. After playing a key part in Real Madrid’s winning of an unbelievable 5 European Cups in a row, Di Stefano ended his incredible Madrid career with 308 goals in 396 games. Interestingly, Di Stefano played for Argentina, Colombia AND Spain and has great strike rates for each; proof that he was (and still is) regarded as a world-class footballer.

Games: 396
Goals: 308
Strike Rate: 0.78

Satellite2. Raúl (1994-2010)
The man who only recently announced he would retire from football at the age of 38 finds himself second in the Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever. After winning 3 Champions Leagues, and 6 La Ligas with Madrid as well as the Ballon d’Or, there is no denying that Raúl is one of the Spanish club’s greatest ever players, especially when taking into account that he holds the record for most appearances for the club, 16 ahead of Iker Casillas.

Games: 741
Goals: 323
Strike Rate: 0.44

cristiano-ronaldo_416x4161. Cristiano Ronaldo (2009-now)
The evergreen Portuguese captain has been Real Madrid’s talisman for the past 6 years. At the age of 30, he finds himself Number 1 on the Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever. This feat alone is impressive, but taking into account that he is still at the club, he is still scoring bagfuls of goals for the club, and the fact that he has no intention of leaving, Ronaldo could well be clear at the top of this list by over 100 goals by the time he retires. His strike rate for the ‘Galacticos’ is utterly incredible, after scoring 324 goals in 310 games, he scores on average, 1.05 goals a game, a stat matched no one in the top 10 Real Madrid scorer chart. With a few more years left in him, there is no doubting that he is one of the greatest ever footballers… now he just has to convince everyone that he truly is better than Lionel Messi.

Games: 310
Goals: 324
Strike Rate: 1.05
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Ronaldo is a Striker

Ronaldo was well-known for his flair on the wing, but he considers himself a fox-in-the-box nowadays.
Ronaldo was well-known for his flair on the wing, but he considers himself a fox-in-the-box nowadays.

In a recent interview with Spanish sporting news outlet Marca, Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he sees himself a striker rather than a winger nowadays. After scoring 48 goals league goals last season and claiming his fourth successive Golden Shoe, it is hard to disagree with the 30-year-old Portugal captain. “I’m more a penalty-box player, not so much on the wing,” claims Ronaldo, “You score more goals from there so I changed my position slightly.”

“I want to continue for five or six more years. I plan to continue [with the same] games and goals average. I feel good and useful at Madrid, I want to keep winning here.” he told Marca. After admitting that he is now a striker and wants to play at Real Madrid for a few more years yet, it is hard to bet against him winning at least another Golden Boot; he most definitely has the talent, and his passion for scoring for Los Blancos is certainly undisputed.