Josh Toshack said Gary Neville was ‘out of order’ for his recent attack on Arsenal and says the former Manchester United defender should look at his own managerial record before he criticises other bosses. Neville branded the Gunners ‘spineless’ and questioned the players’ desire following last weekend’s 3-0 EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester City. That defeat piled the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger, with many calling for the Frenchman’s exit, and his misery was compounded as his side were humiliated again in another 3-0 loss to City in the Premier League on Thursday.
Wenger responded to Neville’s jibes and said it was ‘amazing’ how people have forgotten that they were in the final on merit, and lost to a team many are branding the best in Premier League history. Toshack was also not impressed by Neville’s comments, and the former Real Madridmanager took aim at the ex-England international’s failed spell in charge of Spanish side Valencia to make his point. Speaking on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, the Liverpool and Wales legend said: “The Gary Neville outburst surprised and disappointed me. “There’s maybe still a little bit of resentment against Arsenal and Wenger from Neville’s time at Old Trafford, because that was a very tense rivalry under Fergie.
“Maybe things could be a little bit better at Arsenal and sooner or later Arsene Wenger will leave the club, there’s no secret there, but in my opinion after more than 20 years of service he deserves a little more respect, especially from someone who is yet to prove themselves in football management. “Gary Neville didn’t exactly endear himself to the Spanish football public during his short and embarrassing spell at Valencia. “I don’t think Gary Neville did any favours to British managers hoping to work abroad for his spell in Valencia. When I first came to Spain 35 years ago, Terry Venables was at Barcelona, Jock Wallis was at Sevilla, Howard Kendall was at Athletic Bilbao, Ron Atkinson at Atletico Madrid – there were five of us, and back in the English first division there was not one foreigner.
“Now the situation has gone full circle – the top six clubs in the premier league are all managed by foreign coaches and there’s not one Brit in Spain, so there’s some food for thought there I think. “I feel that in the modern day people talk too loosely. If there’s somebody who had been in football management for 30 years at the highest level, then maybe you can respect their opinion. “As a player, very often you’ve got no idea the problems a manager had. Each morning you go in you think you’re going to have a nice easy day, and you’ve got 15 or 20 problems there awaiting you. So I stick by what I said, I think he was very much out of order to criticise Wenger.”