Gary Neville named Valencia manager with brother Phil his assistant

As Manchester United legend quits Sky Sports

  • Gary Neville named Valencia head coach until the end of the season
  • He starts role on Sunday, December 6 and his first match is against Lyon
  • Neville will be assisted by brother Phil, who has been at club since summer
  • Neville leaves pundit role at sky sports but continues with England.

Valencia have made England assistant Gary Neville their new manager until the end of the season.

The former Manchester united captain leaves his role as a Sky Sports pundit to link up with his brother Phil, who has been assistant manager at Valencia since July.

Gary will take charge of his first Valencia match in the Champions league against Lyon next Wednesday (December 9), with Phil assisting caretaker manager Voro for this weekend’s match at home to Barcelona before he welcomes his older brother to the Mestalla.

Valencia posted this image of Gary Neville on Twitter after their shock announcement on Wednesday

Valencia posted this image of Gary Neville on Twitter after their shock announcement on Wednesday

Neville heads out to training in his role as England assistant manager at St George's Park back in October

Neville heads out to training in his role as England assistant manager at St George’s Park back in October

Neville tries to get the better of Kily Gonzalez in a Champions League clash at the Mestalla in March 2000

Neville tries to get the better of Kily Gonzalez in a Champions League clash at the Mestalla in March 2000

Neville (right) and Nicky Butt team up this time to let Valencia's Gonzalez know he's in a game

Neville (right) and Nicky Butt team up this time to let Valencia’s Gonzalez know he’s in a game

Neville jumps for a header playing against Valencia, again at the Mestalla, in February 2001

Neville jumps for a header playing against Valencia, again at the Mestalla, in February 2001

Manchester United – who could end up facing Valencia and the Nevilles in the Champions League – wished good luck to their former players.

They tweeted: ‘Good luck Gary and Phil Neville for the rest of the season with Valencia!’

Valencia – who saw Nuno Espirito Santo resign after their 1-0 defeat by Sevilla at the weekend – are owned by Peter Lim, who part-owns non-League Salford City along with the Neville brothers and their former Manchester United team-mates Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt.

Valencia are ninth in La Liga, having finished fourth last season, and are in danger of being knocked out of the Champions League next week – even if Neville wins his first game in charge. A Gent win at home to already-qualified Zenit will send the Belgians through.

Champions League Group F: Valencia must beat Lyon and hope that Gent can only draw at home to Zenit

Champions League Group F: Valencia must beat Lyon and hope that Gent can only draw at home to Zenit

Neville addresses the media during the 2014 World Cup where he was also assistant to Roy Hodgson

Neville addresses the media during the 2014 World Cup where he was also assistant to Roy Hodgson

Valencia sit ninth in La Liga after Sunday's defeat

Valencia sit ninth in La Liga after Sunday’s defeat

The new boss 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.’

Valencia president Layhoon Chan added: ‘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.’

Valencia have called a press conference for 4pm on Thursday where Neville will be unveiled.

PETER LIM: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VALENCIA OWNER

Peter Lim

Age: 62

Net worth: $1.91billion (£1.3bn)

Born: Singapore

Lim put himself through the University of Western Australia in Perth by working as a taxi driver, cook and waiter. He emerged with a degree in finance and accounting.

Previously a stockbroker, he now manages his private portfolio of businesses.

In 1996 he became a full-time investor. He invested $10m (£6.7m) for a 5 per cent stake in a start-up palm oil company called Wilmar International. His stake reportedly rose to $1.4b (£9.3m).

In football, he unsuccessfully bid to take ownership of Liverpool in 2010. He was also associated with bids to Rangers, Middlesbrough and AC Milan.

He took over ownership of Valencia after buying 70.4 per cent of the shares owned by the club’s foundation in May 2014.

In September 2014, Lim agreed to buy a 50 per cent stake in Salford City, run by the Class of 92. His first son, Alim, was born in 1992 and currently runs the legal department of Valencia.

He’s also acquired the image rights of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Phil Neville (above) has been out in Spain working as Valencia assistant manager since the summer

Phil Neville (above) has been out in Spain working as Valencia assistant manager since the summer

The Neville brothers spent most of their playing careers together at Manchester United and England

The Neville brothers spent most of their playing careers together at Manchester United and England

The Neville brothers celebrate winning the Premier League with Manchester United in 1997

The Neville brothers celebrate winning the Premier League with Manchester United in 1997

GARY NEVILLE VS VALENCIA

December 8, 1999 – Champions League group stage: Manchester United 3-0 Valencia

March 21, 2000 – Champions League group stage: Valencia 0-0 Manchester United

February 14, 2001 – Champions League group stage: Valencia 0-0 Manchester United

February 20, 2001 – Champions League group stage: Manchester United 1-1 Valencia

On leaving Sky, where he has worked since the 2011-12 season, Neville said: ‘Sky has probably been one of the best decisions I have ever made, simply an incredible job that I have loved doing.

‘The team that I have worked with on match days and MNF have been simply unbelievable, their knowledge of the game, their passion, their work ethos has made me love football more.

‘No one understands football better than Sky Sports, so it has been no surprise that they have fully supported and understood the decision that I have made to go to Valencia for the next five months.’

A Sky Sports statement read: ‘We wish Gary all the very best as he returns to football with our blessing and begins his managerial career with Valencia.’

Sportsmail‘s Jamie Carragher, who has worked alongside Neville on Monday Night Football for the past two-and-a-half years, joked on hearing of his colleague’s departure: ‘Gutted! This reminds me of when Pegguy Arphexad left for Coventry.’

Neville has excelled in his role as a Sky Sports pundit alongside Sportsmail's Jamie Carragher (centre)

Neville has excelled in his role as a Sky Sports pundit alongside Sportsmail’s Jamie Carragher (centre)

Valencia's Dani Parejo (left) walks off the pitch after their 2-0 defeat by Zenit in Champions League last week

Valencia’s Dani Parejo (left) walks off the pitch after their 2-0 defeat by Zenit in Champions League last week

Valencia’s remaining fixtures in 2015

Dec 2 – Barakaldo (a) COPA DEL REY

Dec 5 – Barcelona (h) LA LIGA

Dec 9 – Lyon (h) CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Dec 13 – Eibar (a) LA LIGA

Dec 16 – Barakaldo (h) COPA DEL REY

Dec 19 – Getafe (h) LA LIGA

Dec 31 – Villarreal (a) LA LIGA

Neville will continue in his role as assistant to England manager Roy Hodgson heading into next summer’s European Championship.

England have just two fixtures – against Germany and Holland in March – scheduled before the end of the season.

And Hodgson has given the 40-year-old his full backing, insisting the Valencia job will not affect his England role.

Hodgson said: ‘I’m delighted that Gary has decided to take this excellent opportunity. It’s the right moment in time for him and I’m 100 per cent behind his decision to join Valencia as the new head coach.

‘As far as I’m concerned, this will be an extra string to his bow and the experience he will gain working in the Spanish league can only be beneficial to our work together with the England team.

‘Gary’s commitment to the FA’s preparations for Euro 2016 will not be in any way affected by the fact that he will be coaching abroad during the next five months.

‘As someone who has spent a large part of my coaching career working abroad, I salute his decision and hope he gains as much from his time in Spain as I have done from the various countries in which I have worked.

‘Like the rest of the England coaching staff, Gary will be fully committed to preparing for the Euros in France and our friendly matches which begin in March against Germany and Holland.

‘I wish him and his brother Phil the very best of luck as they prepare for their first match against Lyon in the Champions League.’

Staff at Salford weren’t aware of the developments until Wednesday morning, with the news coming as a surprise. Given Neville’s heavy involvement in running the business, they hope one of the three remaining Class of ’92 in the area – Butt, Giggs and Scholes – take a more hands-on approach.

That is likely to be something to fall upon Scholes given Giggs and Butt’s immediate commitments with Manchester United – although Salford stress the club could get by on a day-to-day basis without additional help.

THREE ENGLISHMEN HAVE MANAGED VALENCIA BEFORE

Gary Neville will be the fourth Englishman to manage Valencia – or the fifth if you count his brother, Phil.

James Herriot (1927-29)

The first Englishman to take charge at Valencia and only the club’s second ever manager, after Czech Antonin Fivebr. Herriot took Valencia to the semi finals of the Copa del Rey in 1928 but they lost 9-3 on aggregate to Real Sociedad.

Randolph Galloway (1931-33)

The son of a shipyard boilermaker from Sunderland, Galloway played as a centre forward for Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur after the First World War. He led Valencia to the Copa del Rey semi-final in 1933.

Jack Greenwell (1933-34)

Born in County Durham, Greenwell played for Crook Town before moving to Barcelona in 1912. After five years as a player he became Barca’s first official coach and was in charge for seven consecutive seasons, a record beaten only by Johan Cruyff. After a second spell at Barcelona he moved to Valencia where he led them to the 1934 Copa del Rey final.

Neville issues orders on the training field as the England squad listen in to the well-respected 40-year-old

Neville issues orders on the training field as the England squad listen in to the well-respected 40-year-old

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Daily Mail

 

 

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