Gary Neville doubtful of managerial return

Gary Neville

Former Manchester United defender and Sky pundit Gary Neville has revealed he may not make a return to football management following his disappointing spell with Spanish club Valencia last season.

Neville, 41, spent three months at the beginning of 2016 on the bench at the Mestalla, but won just three of 16 Primera Liga matches in the dugout alongside brother Philip.

Talking to Sky Sports he said: “I always say ‘never say never’ because my love of football is too great, but I genuinely believe it will be very difficult for me to go back into coaching because of my commitment now to so many different things.”

“It could be that I’m no longer ever a coach in football but that’s not a loss. Some people might think it is, but the fact of the matter is it’s not to me.”

“I can’t go to Spain for four months, be coach of Valencia, and blame the fact there was a difficult dressing room, I didn’t speak the language, we had bad luck and we missed some chances. I knew I didn’t speak the language before I went, I knew it was a difficult dressing room, I knew they had sacked lots of managers and I didn’t deal with it.”

Neville is co-owner of Salford City, is again a Sky Sports pundit, and has a number of other business interests including his Old Trafford based hotel.

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