By Andy Hyslop
- Gary Neville named as Valencia head coach until the end of the season
- His brother Phil remains on the coaching staff at the Spanish side
Valencia have confirmed the appointment of former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville as their new head coach until the end of the season. Joining his brother Phil in Spain.
The man many believe the greatest potential as a manager of the famous class of 92 graduates, has taken his first steps into management. The shock is that he has decided to take a job in a country that he never played and doesn’t speak the language.
Though when you think about, it makes perfect sense. He joins his brother Phil at the Spanish side, who was appointed assistant manager at the Mestalla Stadium in the summer. Gary will officially take charge on Sunday 6 December, meaning Phil will be in charge against Barcelona on Saturday.
Gary and Phil have links with the Valencia owner Peter Lim, who also owns 50% of Salford City F.C with Gary, Phil and their fellow class of 92 graduates owning the other 50%.
Sadly for al those who enjoyed his punditry on sky sports, he will be leaving that job with immediate effect but he will remain as assistant to Roy Hodgson with England.
Gary is looking forward to challenge of managing a great club in Valencia saying:
I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity with Valencia.
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.
Valencia president Layhoon Chan is delighted to have secured the services of Neville, stating he is someone who has always shown great leadership both on and off the pitch. He said:
We are delighted to have secured Gary so quickly. He combines top level coaching experience through his role as a senior coach with the England national team and a world-class playing career with England and Manchester United.’
Throughout his career Gary has always shown great leadership both on and off the pitch. He is hugely respected in English football and it was his personal qualities which persuaded us that he was the right choice to lead Valencia until the end of the season.