Rio Ferdinand has joked on Instagram with Gary Neville, referencing his appearance on Off The Ball's Cadbury Roadshow alongside the pair's ex-teammate and captain, Roy Keane.
The former Manchester United defender was responding to an Instagram post by Neville which captured the low point of his short spell as Valencia manager between December 2015 and March 2016.
The picture appeared to show Valencia fans gesturing towards Neville, who is sitting on a bus looking apprehensive in the aftermath of his side's 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Barcelona.
Neville captioned the Instagram post, “Just been sent this on Twitter. I actually loved these fans (not reciprocal).
“Passion, it means so much to them and they would do anything for their club. It was taken at 2 am after Barcelona away and 3000 turned up at the training ground.
“An experience I will never forget!”, he wrote.
Ferdinand then responded by joking, “Same face as on [sic] on that sofa the other night alongside Roy,” which was in reference to Off The Ball's Cadbury Roadshow with Roy Keane and Gary Neville.
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Just been sent this on twitter . I actually loved these fans ( not reciprocal ). Passion, it means so much to them and they would do anything for their club. It was taken at 2am after Barcelona away and 3000 turned up at the training ground. An experience I will never forget!
The former United centre-back was comparing Roy Keane’s controversial appearance on Off The Ball’s Cadbury Roadshow to Gary Neville’s disastrous spell in charge of the La Liga club.
Perhaps the nadir of Neville’s time in charge of the six-time La Liga champions was losing 7–0 away to Barcelona in the first leg of the semi-final of the Copa del Rey.
This came after the team had gone eight games without a victory in La Liga since Neville took over, leading to criticism from the press as well as the club's fans, who called for him to resign.
Neville left the club on March 30th, 2016 after they were knocked out the Europa League by fellow Spanish side Athletic Bilbao.
At the time of his sacking, Valencia were 14th in La Liga and just six points clear of the relegation zone.
He had won only three of his 16 league games and his team also failed to keep a single clean sheet under his stewardship.
Off The Ball were in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre with Roy Keane and Gary Neville with thanks to Cadbury, who are celebrating their third year as 'Official Snack Partner' to the Premier League.