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Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville has been appointed new manager of Valencia until the end of the season.
Neville, 40, had a distinguished career at Old Trafford with Manchester United as a player, and recently finished up his Pro License at St. George’s Park National Football Center outside of Derby. His brother Phil is already at the club and will lead the team together with his co-coach Voro against Barcelona on Saturday before Gary takes over on Sunday. Former manager Nuno Espirito Santo resigned after the loss to Sevilla on Sunday.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity with Valencia,” Neville told The Guardian. “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.”
Neville will continue to work with the England national team, and his boss Roy Hodgson was very pleased that Neville got the job.
“I’m delighted that Gary has decided to take this excellent opportunity,” Hodgson said. “It’s the right moment in time for him and I’m 100 percent 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.”