Gary Neville to manage Valencia for rest of season

Date published: Wednesday 2nd December 2015 12:15

Gary Neville: Named Valencia coach until the end of the season

Gary Neville: Named Valencia coach until the end of the season

Gary Neville has been appointed as head coach of Valencia until the end of the season, leaving his role with Sky Sports to join his brother Phil at the Mestalla. 

Since the former Manchester United and England defender retired during the 2010/11 season, the 40-year-old has become an acclaimed pundit and worked as a coach under England manager Roy Hodgson.

Now Neville will try his hand at management in Spain, having been given the reins at Primera Division outfit Valencia until the end of the season.

The move will see Neville link up with younger brother Phil, who has been coaching at the Mestalla since July and assisted interim coach Voro.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity with Valencia,” Gary Neville said in a statement on

“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.”

Los Che have been without a coach since Nuno quit following Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Sevilla – a decision the Portuguese informed owner Peter Lim of prior to kick-off.

The Singaporean businessman also owns a 50 per cent stake in Salford City, with the rest split between Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers.

Neville’s appointment has been welcomed by England manager Hodgson, who has confirmed the new Valencia boss will continue to work with the national team ahead of Euro 2016.

“I’m delighted that Gary has decided to take this excellent opportunity,” he said.

“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 which I have worked in.

“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 versus Lyon in the Champions League.”

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Neville will be unveiled at a press conference on Thursday afternoon at 3pm UK time at the Mestalla stadium, where the new Valencia head coach will speak alongside club president Layhoon Chan.

The new head coach officially begins work on Sunday, meaning brother Phil and interim boss Voro will take charge of Saturday’s mouth-watering Primera Division clash with Barcelona.

Neville’s first match in charge will be the home Champions League clash with Lyon on December 9.

The move means he will leave his role as an analyst with Sky Sports.

He leaves with the “blessings of the company” and the England coach says it is a wrench to leave.

“Sky has probably been one of the best decisions I have ever made, simply an incredible job that I have loved doing,” Neville said.

“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.”

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    Ian Watson

    Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has been appointed as head coach of Valencia until the end of the season.

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    ^^^ What’s the point of putting this link to an article up on the comments section of the same article???


    Johnny Utah

    Thumbs up to Valencia. Can they now take Scholes out of the country as well? lol


    nine nine nine

    Very interesting appointment albeit until the end of the season.

    Garry Neville has demonstrated his tactical nous on a weekly basis on Sky and will be a significant loss to them and he would be my first choice to replace Roy even though he has to date had no managerial experience so the role at Valencia imo can only be a good thing.

    It is proposed that it will last until the end of the season but if Garry is successful assisted by his brother who knows what might happen in the summer and it is well known that he already has a strong relationship with the owner

    It won’t be easy for him Valencia are considered a top side in Spain and have been successful in Europe recently and it won’t help that he speaks as far as it is known little to no Spanish.

    But I wish him well he is someone that I truly respect and like, blimey I have even almost forgotten that he once played for United!



    For me I find this an odd appointment, big job for a first time manager especially a british manager, but good luck to him



    999, very much agree. He can talk the talk, but can he walk the walk? Language barrier is an obvious concern, and he does exude a ‘no nonsense’ and serious demeanour which also concerns me in terms of giving some players a wider berth. I think Carragher said though that Gary warned him if he (Carragher) ever got into management, he’d get too frustrated with the way some players are now. So you’d think he’s aware of such things. Either way, time will tell and good luck to him and a big big loss to MNF.


    nine nine nine

    stevo, both of the Neville brother are close to the owner Peter Lim who is a life long United fan and an investor in Salford FC and in the Hotel project that Neville is involved in.

    Having sacked Santo this is clearly a marriage of convienence Lim would have struggled to get in who he wants now to take Valenfia forward and Garry Neville’s contract only runs to the summer whether it goes further than that is obviously subject to its success and open to conjecture.


    Diabolo Rouge

    For me that is a big big news. The way Gary analyze game is mind blowing but the crticical fact was analysis is made after the fact, like Post mortem. Lets see how he perform it now on live games because i think sitting in front of tv and analysing game is very easy. A game with Barcelona is coming. I will watch it for sure. I wish him all the luck with this new job and hope he succeed big time because i think the real one to take our club forward is Gary Neville. Now just imagine in a near future Gary/Phill/Giggs working together.This will be a blokbuster event never happen before. GGMU.



    What a fantastic opportunity for his first foray into management. Can’t see them beating Barcelona, but it will definitely be interesting to see how Valencia do now this season. Who will replace him on MNF? Thierry Henry?


    nine nine nine

    Can’t see the Glazers appointing anyone with the limited level of experience that Garry Neville currently has managerially.

    Sentimentally the triumvirate might looking appealing to a United fan/fans but the Glazers aren’t United fans and only care about their investment and because of that I would be amazed if they were prepared to put inexperienced hands in charge of United and put at risk that investment.

    One day maybe but only after Garry Neville has managed at a high level over a period of some time.


    nine nine nine

    Henry is poor and Carragher miles behind Neville. Tough one for Sky.



    OMG, are Valencia serious? What pedigree has Gray Neville in management?



    Holy Moses. No one saw it coming. Exciting to see how he will do in actually managing the football club than analysing it. Goood luck, Gary.


    Sean the sailor

    Will miss Neville off sky. Great pundit.

    Crazy job to take for his 1st appointment and I can see it ending in failure. The language barrier is going to be a huge issue to start with. I wish him the best of luck though



    Subtext- Gary Neville’s mate gives Gary Neville a job … should be interesting all the same, at least G Nev is putting it on the line, unlike Andy Gray back in his punditry heyday



    Shocked but Not Surprised, Gary Neville has proved to be a really top pundit for Sky and has always been on the ball with his punditry(No pun intended), Maybe a stepping stone towards the United job in the future, Who Knows but good luck to Him out in Valencia.



    So they have appointed both Neville brothers to a top flight league based on there complete lack of managerial experience? Managers in league 2 who have been earning their stripes must be livid with ridiculous opportunities being handed out like this.


    nine nine nine

    Managerial debuts don’t come any tougher than facing a free scoring Barcelona who have a goals ratio of 26 for and 2 against in their last 6 games in all competitions and now have Lionel Messi back fit and restored to the team.

    Can only wish Garry Neville all of the best in his new role and he will be well aware that things will get a bit easier after tonight.



    9, I’d heard he was taking over after the Barca game. Has it been brought forward? If so, it’s a hell of an introduction to management as you say!


    nine nine nine

    Morning Chris, you may well be right mate I was going by the fact that he had done that extensive press conference announcing his appointment.

    Whether he is or isn’t in charge for this one if it does go badly he can’t be held responsible after just a couple of days training.

    Credit to Garry Neville though in taking on such a high profile role I truly hope it works out for him. Cheers 999

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