Former Manchester United skipper Gary Neville has been named the new manager of La Liga side Valencia until next summer.
Neville who has never held a full-time managerial position before will now join his brother Phil who had been in temporary charge of the club alongside Salvador Gonzalez ‘Voro’ following the departure of former manager Nuno late last month.
Valencia in an official statement on its website wrote;
“Valencia Football Club has reached an agreement with England coach Gary Neville to be the coach of the first team until June 30, 2016.
“Neville officially begin its work next Sunday, December 6, in view UEFA Champions League against Olympique Lyonnais, to play on Wednesday 9 December at the Mestalla.” The club statement read.
Reacting to his new appointment, Gary Neville who is one of the most successful players in the history of England said;
“I am excited and I am proud to have received this huge opportunity with Valencia Football Club. It is a huge club, of immense prestige and I remember well from my time as a player, the passion and loyalty of their fans.
“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.” Gary Neville stated.
Neville who has been a pundit on Sky Sports and assistant England manager since retiring will officially take charge of his new side on Sunday, a day after Valencia’s La Liga meeting with Barcelona. It means Neville’s first match in charge will be the Champions League game against Lyon. He is expected to appear on Thursday in Press Conference with club President Chan Lay Hoon at the Mestalla.