Where now for Gary Neville?

Gary Neville
during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France.

By Ollie Cranham-Young

  • Gary Neville left England setup along with Hodgson
  • Will he try his hand at management again
  • Or report to the Sky Sports studio alongside Jamie Carragher

Following England’s recent disappointing exit from the Euros, we look at what is next for former Valencia boss and assistant England coach Gary Neville.

Rewind to last year. Prior to being appointed Valencia boss on the 2nd December, his role was mainly as a football pundit on Sky Sports.

He had been described by many as the best pundit on television, and many suggested he could be a future manager of United or England.

After Sir Alex retired, he revealed he was disappointed Neville did not take a job with the United academy and instead went to work for Sky Sports. Several years on, this might have been a blessing in disguise.

Obviously, you cannot base somebody’s managerial ability on their punditry, however because Neville was part of a team whom many others have become successful managers. It wasn’t a bad assumption to make.

Time with Valencia was disappointing

Neville was appointed as the Valencia boss in early December of 2015 whilst retaining his England assistant role he had occupied since 2012.

The decision was a surprise, considering his lack of experience and the language barrier.

His first game ended in a 2-0 defeat to Lyon in the Champions League, and as a result Valencia crashed out of the group stage but remained in Europe via the Europa League.

On 3rd February, Valencia lost 7-0 away to Spanish giants Barcelona in the Copa del Rey and this came after eight consecutive games without a victory.

A week later, Valencia were eliminated in the return leg. Following this, Valencia recorded their first win under their new boss on the 13th February 2016 with a 2-1 victory over Espanyol.

Valencia were knocked of the Europa League in the last sixteen. They lost on away goals to Spanish rivals Athletic Madrid after drawing 2-2 on aggregate.

On 30th March, Neville was sacked. Valencia were 14th in the League, won three games under Neville and failed to keep a clean sheet throughout his tenure at the club.

More disappointment with England

Months later, Neville would suffer more disappointment at the Euros. England drew 1-1 with Russia in their opening fixture.

Beat Wales a week later 2-1 and then drew with Slovakia 0-0 but the victory and two draws were enough to see them through to the last 16.

Disappointingly, England were humiliated against Iceland suffering a 2-1 defeat with England’s goal supplied by a mere Wayne Rooney penalty.

Following the game, Roy Hodgson announced his resignation and Neville also left his position within the England coaching staff.

Since his retirement ass professional footballer, so far in his coaching career. Neville has been involved in two tournaments with England.

Both which produced early exits and a brief, disappointing stint with Valencia.

There are rumours that in the future Neville could return to his former punditry role at Sky Sports or  could he join another club, possibly in England this time.

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