Gary Neville has been appointed head coach of Valencia until the end of the season.
Valencia are at home to Barcelona on Saturday but Neville will not take over until Sunday. Neville’s brother Phil, who was named interim coach this week along with his co-coach Voro following the resignation of Nuno Espírito Santo on Sunday evening, will be in charge for the Barça game.
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Sky Sports, for whom he has worked as a pundit since 2011, said he would be leaving the channel with immediate effect though “the door will always be open should he wish to return”.
Neville, who recently completed his Pro Licence course at St George’s Park, will continue in his coaching role with England. “I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity with Valencia,” he said. “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.” A press conference with Gary Neville is due to be held on Thursday afternoon at the Mestalla Stadium.
The former Manchester United defender’s appointment at Valencia was welcomed by England’s manager, Roy Hodgson. “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% behind his decision to join Valencia as the new head coach,” he 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.”