By Derrick Kiplagat
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has officially been appointed new Valencia coach. The former United right-back replaces former boss Nuno Espirito Santo who stepped down at the weekend after losing to Sevilla.
The former United skipper has been a highly ranked soccer pundit for Sky Sports since hanging his boots in 2011. He has agreed to take over until the end of the 2015/2016 season. Neville, the current England assistant coach, will join his younger brother who joined Valencia this summer as assistant coach, and has been the caretaker coach since Santo resigned.
The Spanish club is owned by Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim, the same man who owns a 50% stake at Salford City FC, the club that is partly owned by the Neville brothers alongside the rest of the “Class of 92” (Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt).
Speaking about the new appointment, Valencia Chairman Chan Lay Hoon told the club’s official website, “Throughout his career, Gary has always shown high level of leadership on and off the field. He is greatly respected in the English football and these qualities have convinced us that it is the right choice to lead the team until the end of the season.”
Neville said, “I’m looking forward to working with them, I know it’s a group of very talented players. I am very excited about the challenge that lies ahead together.”
His move to Mestella however, will be unfortunate to English football fans, as Neville will no longer be able to continue his work at Sky Sports. The new boss is set to be unveiled on Thursday at a press conference and is expected to commence work on Sunday ahead of Valencia’s champions League match against Lyon on Wednesday.