Former Manchester United skipper, Gary Neville, may never return to Sky Sports following his sack after a short spell in charge of Spanish Club, Valencia.
In Early December, Gary Neville was unveiled as the head coach in a surprise appointment. One of television's premier football pundits had to leave Sky Sports' Monday Night Football and everyone mourned the loss. This was Neville’s first foray into team management and it was very unspectacular as he was sacked just four months later following poor performance with an 18 win percentage.
Since leaving the Mestalla in March, there have been lots of rumors making the rounds that the popular pundit could be set for a swift return to the Sky Sports studios. The 41-year-old has been told that he would be accepted with open arms if he decided to return to his former job.
The Managing Director of Sky Sports, Barnley Francis, in an interview when asked about Gary Neville said:
“When Lionel Messi hangs up the boots at Barcelona, they are not going to replace him with Lionel Messi II, they’ll replace him with somebody different.
“We’ve had a great relationship and he knows that we will talk at the right time.
“But right now, he’s focused on doing the best job for England at the Euros,” Francis said.
Gary Neville partnered well with Jamie Carragher to lit up Sky Sports' Monday Night Football. Since Neville’s departure, Sky Sports have so far failed to permanently him.
Carragher sent Twitter into mild hysteria his week when he tweeted this ahead of Monday's programme.
“MNF is back tonight! A man who had a spell in Spain & came back earlier than expected will join us tonight!!”
The teaser worked as many were looking forward to see Neville again but the player eventually was none other than former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder, Cesc Fabregas.
Gary Neville will focus his attention on making preparations as Roy Hodgson’s assistant ahead of the European Championship in France this summer, with England hoping to end fifty years of hurt by returning as champions.
The former Manchester United right back must put his personal anguish aside for the greater good of his country, with the 41-year-old recently losing his job at Valencia following a poor run of form. He showed real humility and honesty in admitting that his record at the Mestalla was not of the standard that the club, and he himself, demanded, although it could be argued that the problems at Valencia runs much deeper than at managerial level.
Neville will certainly have learnt from his experience in Spain, and while Coral may include him in the odds race to replace Hodgson when the 68-year-old decides to call it a day, the England manager will look to his right-hand man to provide the guidance and assistance he needs to mount a strong challenge during Euro 2016.
Having a person who won eighty-five caps for England, and played under one of the best managers ever to grace the game in Sir Alex Ferguson during nineteen hugely successful years at Manchester United, as the assistant team manager has made an immediate improvement to performances on the pitch.
The entire England setup deserve praise for qualifying for Euro 2016 with a 100% record, and although critics will point to the fact that the group was relatively weak and posed no real challenge, you can only beat what is in front of you. Neville’s friendly and warming persona has certainly been welcomed by the players, who are reported to share an excellent relationship with an assistant manager with a bright mind and eye for detail in terms of tactics and coaching methods.
This bond will have to remain strong if England are to fulfil their position as one of the strong favourites, with ardent fans likely to back the team through Euro 2016 betting at Coral to go all the way. Neville will play a big role in trying to keep the players focused and in good spirits, particularly with the younger players who may hold the key to England’s chances this summer.
England certainly have the quality and talent within the squad to not only progress from Group B which contains Russia, Wales and Slovakia, but also make a strong case for the latter stages. Neville may have played in teams in the past which promised so much yet failed to deliver, but while expectation levels appear to be much lower than has been the case in previous tournaments, excellent performances in recent international friendlies against France and Germany provide signs of encouragement.
Dele Alli, Ross Barkley and Eric Dier have all shown maturity beyond their years in England colours, while Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy have brought their superb goal-scoring form from the Premier League onto the international stage.
England are certainly reaping the benefits of selecting players who are high in confidence, and it will be up to Neville and Hodgson to ensure that those that are selected in the 23-man squad are not only fit and ready to go after a long domestic season for their respective clubs, but also handle the pressure of representing their country at a major international tournament.
This is where Neville will play a crucial role this summer, and while the likes of Germany, France and Spain are considered stronger favourites than England in the latest Euro 2016 betting odds, the assistant manager will want to see the team play with passion, commitment and belief that might take them all the way.
Gary Neville has been one of the reasons for several wins that Valencia has experienced this season.
Out of the 16 league games played by Valencia, Neville helped the team win three of them. A new deal is now being offered to Neville. There are iconic moments captured of the team’s win. However the defeat by Celta has been hard on him. Gary looked on as his team lost to Celta with a score of 2-0.
There were chants from the fans that Neville should leave the team after the defeat. But Gary is holding on. He continues to play till the season ends, but the extension might not happen unless there are unexpected surprises and performances that make the management rethink their plans.
Neville has helped the team win in many instances, but that might not be enough to get him an extension. There would be a meeting with the club owners in April when the five month deal between the club and he would be discussed. Neville might be offered a new deal based on how the season ends. In case Neville feels that he does not deserve an extension he will not expect the same. The relationship between the club and Neville has been a smooth one.
The owner is a business partner and friend of Neville and they are both willing to come up with a solution that will be best for everyone. Gary did instigate disappointment among his fans for the defeat of Celta team and for that reason; his initial decision to go back to England has been stalled. He will complete his season with Valencia and try and up the performance level to help the team reach a better position by the end of the season.
It’s been less than 4 months since Gary Neville was appointed as the head coach of Valencia but his time in charge of the Spanish team could already be reaching it’s end as Neville has not been able to secure a single league win since taking charge of the club back in December of 2015.
So far, all the results that Neville has sealed have been either draws or defeats and their latest result hasn’t been a good one as they lost against the relegation threatened team Sporting Gijon.
This match was played in the home ground of Valencia in the Mestalla Stadium and even though it was the team of Gary Neville that managed to have the upper hand in terms of possession and total shots that were shots, they failed to actually score and a 2nd half penalty goal from Antonio Sanabria of Sporting Gijon was enough for the visiting team to claim the victory and collect all 3 points.
With this hugely surprising result and underwhelming performance, it’s now being rumored that Gary Neville is on the brink of being sacked as the fans and the head chiefs of the Spanish club have lost their patience and trust in Neville who hasn’t managed to win a single league match since taking charge of the club and this is something that Valencia can’t afford to do as they are continuously dropping points.
When Gary Neville was asked about the defeat that his team sustained against Sporting Gijon and why did they lost after having controlled the game for such a long period of time, Neville replied by saying that he was stunned and surprised about the final result.
“I’ve just sat there with some of the players and some of the coaching staff for 15 minutes trying to work out what just happened. We were the better team from the first minute to the last minute’’ Gary Neville said and he continued on saying that this result was the most disappointing that he has suffered in the entire season so far.
Gary Neville recently quit his job as the Sky Sports punditry in order to take over as the head coach of Spanish outfit Valencia.
This is his first managerial job for the former Manchester United defender. Even though he has been serving as assistant to Roy Hodgson for the England national team, managing a team from top to bottom will be an entirely different aspect. Neville has learned from one of the best managers in the business – Sir Alex Ferguson. He will look to apply most of the education that he has received from the Scot.
Valencia owner Peter Lim has received criticism for going for an inexperienced the manager like Neville, but he feels that the former right back has shown enough to convince him that he is the right man for the job. Neville has been unable to make an instant impact at the Spanish club, who are still searching for their first win under the new regime. They have been involved in the Champions League and league matches since then. Neville’s big opportunity, though, will be to take advantage of the winter break and re-motivate the players before the season resumes with an away match against Villarreal.
Neville has managed to impress many with his excellent punditry work on Sky Sports."Gary is a good coach and he happened to be a good friend so I think that has to be very clear to everybody that I look at him as somebody who has got the potential. I knew him for a while. His football knowledge is tremendous. He was a top pundit in the UK. I chose him because of his knowledge of football. I am very confident about him. The only shortfall is maybe the language but I believe he can overcome it, because he is a very determined person,” said Lim.
Louis van Gaal has done something spectacular with Manchester United. The Dutch coach took a club that was crumbling down into pieces which didn’t have spirit, didn’t have motivation and struggles trying to clinch positive and turned the team into one which is absolutely capable of competing in the Champions League, they still might not be able to win it but compete against some of the top European clubs is certainly a feat that isn’t so hard to reach.
Manchester United snatched the 4th spot of the Premier League and will be competing in the Champions League of next season but the head chiefs of the English club have given Louis van Gaal a budget of around €180 million so that he can sign and reinforce his squad even further.
One of the players that is in the radar of Louis van Gaal is Gregory van der Wiel from PSG. The 27 year old Dutch player is an experienced right-back that can provide Manchester United with speed down the right-flank which is much needed.
Daniel Alves was another one of the targets of Louis van Gaal but since the Brazilian defender has already decided to remain with Barcelona, the coach of Manchester United has had to search around the transfer market for a different potential signing and has locked his eyes with Gregory van der Wiel.
It’s rumored that Manchester United or any other club which is interested in signing Gregory van der Wiel will be able to secure his services if that club launched an offer in the region of €9 million. The right-back position of Louis van Gaal is one that is in need of being reinforced and after the club was unable to sign Daniel Alves as well as Nathaniel Clyne, all signs are pointing towards Gregory van der Wiel as Louis van Gaal wants to turn his squad into one which is capable of not only competing and make a charge for the Premier League title but for the Champions League as well.
Gary Neville is now widely known across the United Kingdom for his role as a pundit on Sky Sports, however it wasn’t always this way. For years, Neville played for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson – and what a player he was. It could be argued that Neville, who played over 400 matches for the Red Devils during his ten-year career at Old Trafford, is actually the best right back in Premier League history… and here’s why.
Neville was incredibly consistent. While he wasn’t the most adventurous of full-backs, his defensive displays were simply outstanding and he played a key role in United’s success under Ferguson. Neville’s reliability, intelligence and ability to read the game are just three of the main traits that appealed to Ferguson and he was a true leader of the defensive unit before hanging up his boots in 2011.
Although Neville scored just five goals in his career, he loved to get involved in attacks if given the opportunity. Neville’s crossing ability was, on the most part, phenomenal for a right-back and his accurate, cross-field passes helped to switch the play and shape of the attack on a regular basis. Neville is a member of United’s famous “Class of 92” and his ability to play at the highest level for a prolonged period is testament to his talent and fitness.
There have been a number of other superb candidates who could stake their claim as the top flight’s greatest right-back. Manchester City star Pablo Zabaleta has played an instrumental role in their recent triumphs and the Argentina forward must be considered. Another potential contender is Lee Dixon. The former Arsenal right-back played over 450 matches for the Gunners before his retirement in 2002.
Nowadays, you can find Neville keeping viewers up to date with all of the latest news and results on Sky Sports. If you are unable to watch his punditry, you can keep up with the score updates via Football Scores’ website. They are the UK’s leading football scores website and have goal updates and results on various leagues across the world. Unfortunately for them, they don’t have a Gary Neville providing world class analysis though!
Despite the contributions of both Zabaleta and Dixon, Neville is still widely regarded as the Premier League’s greatest right-back. Neville’s impact throughout his illustrious career at Old Trafford stands him tall above his rival right-backs and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the former United star hold his own as the top flight’s greatest right back for the next 10-15 years.
Gary Neville is a retired footballer who spent his entire playing career performing for Manchester United in a career which started off in 1991 and concluded in 2011. During his time playing in Old Trafford, Neville was able to win 8 Premier League titles but it’s been quite a while since the last time that Manchester United has lifted the English trophy.
The last Premier League silverware that Manchester United won occurred during the 2012-13 season which was over 2 years ago.
Even though it has been such a significantly long time since United was crowned as the champions of England, Gary Neville has faith in Louis van Gaal as he believes that the Dutch coach can lead United to their 21st Premier League silverware.
Former Manchester United player Gary Neville said: "Louis van Gaal has had one season at the club now. He's settled in. The players know him a lot more.I suppose there is a risk if they bring in five or six new players about how they would adapt to it. But we have yet to see that. The players who are there will adapt a lot easier this season. They have had a year with him. He's had a year with them and it should be a more comfortable position to start from."
Gary Neville announced his retirement from playing professional competitive football on February of 2011 but Neville still continues being up to date with news and events in the world of football as he is a commentator for Sky Sports and one of the latest things he has expressed his thoughts about in the Premier League had to do with Manchester United as Neville revealed his support towards Louis van Gaal who will be going through his 2nd season in charge of the Premier League club.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville says that he expects manager Louis van Gaal to lead the club to title success within three years. The Dutchman has struggled since taking over the club from David Moyes in the summer.
Even though their form has substantially improved in the last few months, the prospect of United finishing comfortably in the top four still remains a major doubt. United have suffered only one defeat since December and this imperious form has not helped them establish a sizeable advantage in the top four race. Dropping four points in the last five matches has seen the likes of Tottenham and Southampton close the gap.
Many expected United to straightaway challenge for the title upon the arrival of Van Gaal. This expectation was placed upon the club after having witnessed their rivals Liverpool make a similar challenge after encountering a very poor campaign. The lack of any form of European football was expected to help United in this regard, but it has already proven that it is not the case. Neville has won several league titles with United, but many now reckon that it may be a few years before United become title challengers once again. Neville says that he expects title success to come within three years.
“I like what he’s done. A lot of people have been criticising him but he’s been pragmatic, he’s changed his style to suit.It’s not always been the best football in the world but then what Manchester United need this season is a Champions League finish and then hopefully an FA Cup run and maybe an FA Cup victory. That would be a sensational season. People have been critical because he’s not playing this way or that way (but) it takes time, he’s only been there seven months,” said Neville.
As Steven Gerrard approaches the last six months of his contract with Liverpool, speculation as to whether the 34-year-old will continue playing has also begun.
Gerrard has not ruled out playing for another club. He has been at Liverpool since the start of his career and is one of the few one club men in the world. Gary Neville is amongst them and the current Sky Sports pundit represented Manchester United throughout his professional career. He says that Gerrard still is young enough to carry on playing for the next few years. Several midfielders like Ryan Giggs have carried on playing into the 40s.
It remains to be seen if Liverpool will be interested in extending Gerrard’s contract or they may look to the future and sign a young player instead. The Liverpool captain has not been featuring in the starting line-up of late. This has led to rumours that he has had a fallout with manager Brendan Rodgers. More importantly, Gerrard was not in the starting line-up on the 16th anniversary of making his debut. Rodgers later said that he did not deliberately block Gerrard from featuring in the starting line-up on this special day and it was merely a case of forgetting the date on his part.
“This week Gerrard told Liverpool fans that he would speak to them when the time was right, which was a sensible stance.I can't quite understand where the fire is coming from on this issue. The idea that a 34-year-old can decide his future before Christmas seems odd to me. My take on it would be that both parties should sit back and relax. There are no flames.At that age, often you're in a vulnerable state in your own mind - as Gerrard will be,” said Neville, who retired in 2011 at the age of 36.