“In the 28 games they have not been to my standards or to those which are required by this club”
Axed boss Neville said: “I would have liked to have continued the work I started but understand that we are in a results business.
“In the 28 games they have not been to my standards or to those which are required by this club.”
Neville delayed joining up with England to take three days of training at Valencia after their latest defeat.
But he was sacked after a private conversation with Lim on his return to work on Wednesday. He will be paid the rest of his salary in full.
Pellegrini, who is making way for Pep Guardiola at City, was also on Chelsea’s wanted list and is in no hurry to decide his future.