Spanish side Valencia sent the footballing world in state of utter shock and bewilderment when they handed Manchester United legend his first managerial post earlier this month. The news saw the odds quickly slashed on Gary Neville replacing Louis van Gaal in the Theatre of Dreams hotseat and bookmakers currently mark him favorite to be United’s next boss.
The 40-year-old right-back spent 19 years at Old Trafford, just a year short of two decades. He made more than 600 appearances in Manchester United shirt during a glorious one-club playing career, and clinched number of trophies with the club. However, while speaking to Sky Sports, Neville insisted that Man Utd can strike him of their list of candidates to replace LVG as he wishes to focus on the Mestalla club.
“No, I don’t see myself managing Manchester United at all. 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 [at Salford], I think about moving forward in the next five, 10 years.”
Neville has inked a six-month deal with Spanish side and his contract as Britain coach also culminates after Euro 2016. With the pressure mounting high on Dutch coach, Neville’s move to Valencia was looked upon favorably by the Manchester United hierarchy as they plan for life after Van Gaal vacates Old Trafford hotseat in the summer of 2017.
However, Neville has made his commitment to Spanish giants, which could enhance Giggs’ chances of succeeding LVG, unless he goes for the managerial plunge away from M16.