Gary Neville made his first press appearance regarding his appointment as manager for Valencia. The 40-year-old has his first day on the job on Sunday.
Neville was unveiled as the new manager for struggling Valencia, who sits in 9th place in La Liga after 13 games, 14 points behind leaders Barcelona. The former Manchester United right back was bombarded with questions, including one asking if he took any notes from Sir Alex Ferguson and the England manager he had during his playing career.
“Not taking notes, but remembering what was good and what worked,” Neville told The Mirror.
“You remember the traits, the mannerisms.
“What you liked.
“What you didn’t.
“For me, developing my own management style, the four years out of football will influence my style more.
“Managing businesses and then working with Roy Hodgson and the England team.
“You have different levels of tolerance and different levels of acceptance.
“The last five years I feel have been the time that I’ve needed to mature and to develop as a person in order to have the confidence to take on a role of this stature.”
The job is Neville’s first managerial job since retiring in 2011. He’s been with the English national team as an assistant since 2012, and he has revealed will continue that work as England prepares for Euro 2016. Neville was also a very appreciated pundit on Sky Sports, a job that he left when taking the Valencia position.
Neville was also asked if he had a message to the Valencia fans.
“Only that I understand that the fan of the club is the most important person at any football club,” Neville said.
“The rest of us are here to guard and to serve and to deliver the success that they need.
“The fans here are demanding but they should be demanding.
“It’s a fantastic football club.”