In an unlikely turn of events, Gary Neville has been appointed as manager of Spanish side Valencia. The former Manchester United and England full-back has been working with Sky Sports as a pundit in recent seasons, and although he has coaching experience, he has never had a top job himself.
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The Spanish side are currently ninth in the La Liga table with 19 points after 13 games. Gary’s younger brother, Phil, is already a coach at the Spanish side, who are in the Champions League this season.
Neville has been acting as a coach under Roy Hodgson as England recorded a perfect qualification campaign for Euro 2016, balancing that with his Sky Sports role.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity with Valencia,” Neville told the club’s official website.
“Valencia are a huge football club of immense standing and I know from my time as a player the passion and dedication of the Valencia fans.
“I am really looking forward to working with the club’s talented group of players and am excited about the challenge ahead.”
This is a massive blow to fans of Monday Night Football, as Neville frequently pairs up with Jamie Carragher for some top quality analysis.
Hype will also be growing amongst Manchester United fans, as Louis Van Gaal will be leaving at the end of next season. If Neville can have a successful stint in Spain, then the odds for him to be the next United manager will be slashed.
Valencia are owned by Pat Lim, who owns stakes in Salford City, is already a partner of Neville’s, so this appointment did not come completely out of the blue.