Former defender Gary Neville has said he doesn’t ever see himself managing Manchester United.
Neville was named the new manager of Valencia last week as part of an announcement that shocked the football world. The former full-back has no prior experience of managing a club, although he has been working as a coach for the English national team for more than two years.
The 40-year-old is part of Man United’s famous Class of 92 who came through the clubs youth system to go on and play for the first-team. Neville is never one to hide his infatuation with United, the team he has supported since he was a young child. For this reason, it is interesting that he is almost ruling himself out of the job less than a month into his managerial career.
“No, I don’t see myself managing Manchester United at all,” Neville said.
“I know what I want to do in my life, and that’s not something that’s in my mind.
“From my point of view, this is important for me and a valuable experience. I’m aware I need to succeed. Succeeding for me would be knowing these players have improved dramatically.
“Results come and go, I know we’re in a results-driven business, but I have never looked at football like that since I’ve finished playing. I did when I was a player. As a part-owner, I think about moving forward in the next five, 10 years.”
Many United fans would have had the hope that Neville would one day come back to Old Trafford in a manager’s capacity, given the excellent work he did on Sky Sports and with the England national team. With Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt already at the club in coaching roles it seemed only a matter of time before Neville joined the team .
At a time when United are going through something of an identity crisis, players who have been associated with the club for decades would be ideal to get into the setup and help the side find form again. Louis van Gaal is under immense pressure at the moment but will be relieved to hear Neville rule himself out of taking the the United hot seat.