Manchester United great Gary Neville rules out return to football management

by Harry Robinson

Manchester United great Gary Neville has ruled out a return to football management in the short-term future.

The Englishman had a short spell as manager of La Liga side Valencia, but was sacked soon after joining the club after a terrible period.

He had been the coach for the English national side for a couple of years under Roy Hodgson, including at Euro 2016.

“It’ll never happen,” Neville said a return to full management, talking to the Daily Mail.

“I’m a million miles away. I suppose never is a strong word because in 10 years you might wake up and say, ‘I want to coach’. 

“I love football and the camaraderie but I don’t want to be in that environment anymore.”

Neville revealed that he had offers from both Premier League clubs and sides in the Championship in England, but didn’t want to go into management, only accepting the Valencia role because of the rare opportunity presented and because the owner, Peter Lim, was Neville’s business partner including as a a backer of the Class of ’92-owned Salford City.

“I had turned down two or three Premier League jobs, I turned down two Championship jobs and I wasn’t going to go into coaching,” Neville revealed.

“I did it because it was my business partner and I thought that the opportunity for an Englishman to manage one of the top four or five clubs in Spain was never going to happen again.

“It was an unbelievable opportunity and it didn’t go as well as I wanted it to, but I enjoyed every minute and it taught me a lot and things I will apply to my business life. 

“I don’t regret going to Spain. I would have liked to have stayed in Valencia for 18 months, but I wouldn’t have continued in coaching.”

Neville, with his insight and fantastic analysis on Sky Sports as well as his experience as a player, playing under the greatest manager of all time Sir Alex Ferguson, appeared to have great potential as a coach. Perhaps as a coach, he could prove to be a great addition to various sides, but as a manager he failed to impress while at the Mestalla.

He now has so many other business ventures, including Hotel Football and other outlets and restaurants in Manchester, his home city, as well as helping to run Salford City, a full-time career in football management is unlikely in the coming years.

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