Gary Neville has been warned to lay off Arsene Wenger should he return to punditry following his sacking at Valencia, with Robbie Savage suggesting he can’t be too critical of the Frenchman’s tactics after his own failings, as reported by the Mirror.
Neville endured a difficult few months with the Spanish side, drawing far too many games and leaving them struggling in the bottom half of the table. It’s unclear what he’ll do next, but it seems probable that he’ll return to his punditry role with Sky Sports – at least temporarily.
Savage claims if that is the case though, that the former Manchester United man needs to be careful who he criticises. He’s laid into Wenger in the past, blasting the 66-year-old for his naive tactics. After seeing just how difficult the job really is though, Savage believes his fellow pundit may well need to choose his words more carefully.
“If he goes back to the gadgets and tools of a pundit’s trade, he may have to lay off calling Arsene Wenger’s tactics ‘naive’ for a while after tasting life on the other side of the fence,” he said.
You don’t necessarily have to be an expert in something to criticise others, and even if you know you would be incapable of doing a job yourself, that doesn’t mean you can’t see when someone else is flawed.
That said though, Neville’s experience may well have given him a different outlook, and he may now be far more understanding of the troubles Wenger faces on a daily basis.
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If he wasn’t as critical he arguably wouldn’t be the same pundit we all came to admire so much, but he’ll still be a thousand times better than Robbie Savage.