Neville Not Looking For Return To Football
Gary Neville has revealed that he has turned down at least four club managerial jobs in England. The former Manchester United full-back is currently working as a TV pundit for Sky Sports having been sacked as coach of Valencia last year.
Neville remains out of football’s front line although he retains an involvement in the game through his work with Sky and his part-ownership of non-league side Salford City. But in an interview with the Daily Mail he insisted that he could return to a footballing role at some stage in the future.
“I’m a million miles away,” Neville said. “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.
“Up until 15 months ago I was coach of England and 19 months ago I was coach of Valencia, so it would be impossible to say at that stage that I’m never going to be a coach.
“But 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 had a spell of less than four months with La Liga side Valencia, but he claims it was an opportunity that arose through Peter Lim. The Singapore-based billionaire owns Valencia and has a half stake in Salford City.
“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,” Neville said.
He was sacked in March 2016 after the side won just ten out of 28 games in all competitions.