Gary Neville: Valencia name ex-Man Utd defender head coach
Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville has been named as Valencia’s head coach until the end of the season.
The 40-year-old, who will take charge officially on Sunday, will remain part of the England coaching set-up.
Peter Lim, Valencia’s Singaporean owner, has a stake in Salford City, the non-league club co-owned by Neville.
His brother Phil, who joined the Spanish club as assistant manager in July, will stay on the coaching staff.
Neville, who has stepped down from his position as a Sky Sports pundit with immediate effect, will attend a news conference with club president Layhoon Chan on Thursday.
|Gary Neville’s career|
|1992: Makes Manchester United debut and spends 19 years at club, winning 20 major trophies including two Champions Leagues and eight Premier Leagues|
|1995: Makes England debut going on to earn 85 caps|
|2011: Starts as a Sky Sports pundit for the 2011-12 season|
|2012: Appointed assistant coach to Roy Hodgson with the England team|
|2014: Agrees to buy Salford City with fellow former United players including brother Phil, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes|
|2014: Agrees to sell 50% stake of Salford City to businessman Peter Lim, already majority owner of Valencia|
|2015: Appointed Valencia head coach with brother Phil as his assistant|
He will not lead the team when they face Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday, instead taking charge for the first time when they host Lyon in the Champions League the following Wednesday.
England head coach Roy Hodgson said: “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.”
Neville replaces Nuno Espirito Santo, who resigned after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Sevilla, a result that left Valencia ninth in the Spanish league.
The club finished fourth last season, but have won only five of their opening 13 league matches this term.