Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has admitted he looks at football differently having spent time as manager of Valencia and as a pundit since hanging up his boots.
Neville left Man United in 2011 before taking up a role as a TV pundit. The ‘Class of ’92’ graduate is now in charge of Valencia having joined the Spanish club earlier this term.
Neville, who also works as assistant manager of England, insisted he is now watching matches with a “different eye”.
“The expanse of matches and teams I have watched is enormous and I can decipher more what I like and don’t like,” he said.
“It’s helped me understand more about the media and also about analysing football and watching it with a different eye.”
If his time at Valencia is a success, there will inevitably be calls for Neville to take up a role with United in the future.
However, Neville is a driven and motivated character and he will be focusing on Valencia first and foremost. The hope for supporters is that he succeeds at the Mestalla as too many of Sir Alex Ferguson’s former players have failed when turning their hand to management.