Albelda doubts inexperienced Neville

Former Valencia captain David Albelda has questioned the ability of coach Gary Neville after the 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash on Thursday.

The former Manchester United right-back joined Los Che in January, taking over from Nuno Espirito Santo, but has only managed to register four wins in all competitions, taking the club to 12th in La Liga's standings, just 10 points adrift of the relegation zone.

Albelda does not believe Neville has what it takes to turn things around at Mestalla, insisting that his inexperience when it comes to Spanish football and tactics is the biggest issue.

"He comes from a league with little in the way of tactics. We're seeing teams from the Premier League who pass by unnoticed in the Champions League, and in his case they have a severe communications problem, apart from his inexperience", Albelda told Marca.

"We're not seeing any signs of improvement with Neville's work, and although I don't know what his working methods are, I think that he has a squad that could be challenging for a Champions League place.

"If you say something bad about Valencia, they call you everything under the sun, and we're Valencia fans not anti-Valencia fans, and what's happening hurts us. We want a different Valencia."

The former defensive midfielder made 480 appearances for Valencia, and captained the side for over a decade.