Pellegrini ‘eager’ for Valencia bench

Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly keen on returning to La Liga next season and replacing Gary Neville at Valencia.

Pellegrini is leaving Manchester City this summer to make way for Pep Guardiola and has been linked with a number of jobs, Super Deporte citing Arsenal, Zenit St Petersburg and two unnamed clubs who are all said to be keen on the Chilean.

But reports from Pellegrini’s homeland say the former Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga Coach wants to take over at Mestalla, having lived in Valencia when training the Yellow Submarine, and he has long been linked with Los Che.

Neville is expected to leave at the end of the season after a difficult few months in charge following his accession to the bench after Nuno Santo departed in December.

Super Deporte have joined a large section of the Valencia fans in calling for Neville to resign and British newspaper the Guardian reported on Monday that Neville wouldn’t remain for next season.

He’s not expected to quit before the campaign comes to a close but it’s said all parties accept he can’t stay past the end of his current contract as results don’t justify an extension.

Valencia have won only three of their 16 Primera games under Neville’s charge and though Neville and owner Peter Lim are due to meet in April to discuss the future, it’s anticipated that he will leave at the end of the season.

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