Manchester United legend Gary Neville has been appointed as the new manager of La Liga side Valencia.
Valencia are owned by Peter Lim, who is co-owner of Salford City, the club which Neville and the ‘Class of ’92’ also have a stake in.
Phil Neville had been assisting interim coach Voro at Valencia following the resignation of Nuno Espirito Santo. It is a remarkable appointment and one that will shock many across the football world.
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In a statement, Valencia CF President Layhoon Chan 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.”
Neville will continue in his role with the England national team ahead of the European Championships next summer.
Speaking about the move, the former Man United defender said: “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.”