Coach Neville – Valencia chance too good to ignore

New Valencia boss Gary Neville said the opportunity to manage the Primera Division club was too good to pass up.

The former Manchester United defender was presented to the world’s media on Thursday afternoon after agreeing to take charge until the end of the campaign.

Neville, who confirmed brother Phil and former Valencia player Miguel Angel Angulo as his coaches, is determined to make the most of his short-term role.

He said: “When I received the call on Sunday evening I thought ‘what a football club’ and ‘what a challenge’. I think, from my point of view, sitting on television these last few years talking about coaches, the time has come for me to stand up.

“If I’d turned down this job is to have said goodbye to my credibility.”

He added: “I’m incredibly excited to b. I understand and respect the huge responsibilities that I’ve been given.

“I understand from playing here at this very stadium years ago the passion and the pride of the fans. The atmosphere and intimidation is something I want to harness.

“I’m very aware of the traditions at Valencia and how they play. I’ve played against some excellent Valencia players.

“I need to appraise the players over the next couple of weeks and it’s important to pick the right team and style to win games.”

Neville will not be taking a short-term view of the job, though, despite only being contracted to the end of the campaign.

He added: “I think the only way to approach any job is to think of it as permanent job.

“Every decision I make over the next six months will not just be a short-term decision. I will promote from within and I’m not interested in bringing over an army of coaches.”



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