Gary Neville, Valencia

Neville announced as Valencia head coach

Gary Neville has been appointed the head coach of Valencia until the end of the season.

The former Manchester United full-back will be the successor to Nuno Espirito Santo, who left the club following a 1-0 defeat to Sevilla at the weekend and los Che occupying mid-table.

It’s Neville’s first stint in the dugout as boss and the FA confirmed that Neville’s appointment won’t affect his position as an England coach.

His brother Phil has been assistant there since the summer and Valencia president Layhoon Chan expressed his happiness at securing former England international Neville.

“We are delighted to have secured Gary so quickly,” he told the club’s official website.

“He combines top level coaching experience through his role as a senior coach with the England national team and a world-class playing career with England and Manchester United.

“Throughout his career Gary has always shown great leadership both on and off the pitch. He is hugely respected in English football and it was his personal qualities which persuaded us that he was the right choice to lead Valencia until the end of the season.”

Neville spoke of his delight at landing the role.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity with Valencia. 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.”

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