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England assistant named Valencia head coach

Gary NevilleValencia fans have assembled with their Manchester United counterparts in The Transfer Tavern around the jukebox to discuss the appointment of a new head coach.

BBC Sport have confirmed that England assistant manager Gary Neville has been named the new head coach of the La Liga side until the end of the season, handing the Manchester United legend his first experience as a manager.

Neville is currently a well respected pundit for Sky Sports and it would only be natural for the former Manchester United defender to take the number one role in club management. Now, he’s taking his charge with an interesting challenge abroad

England manager Roy Hodgson was full of praise for his assistant when he spoke earlier this year, as he said:

“He’d be a loss to England at the moment because he’s working with us. I don’t know what he’ll be doing in future terms. I think he’s a very good coach now. He’ll become an even better coach with experience. He’ll enjoy working with players.”

Fortunately, he will remain in his coaching role with England through to the European Championships next summer. Neville, speaking about his appointment, said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity with Valencia.”

Neville will be assisted by his brother Phil, who remains in temporary charge until Gary’s role officially begins on Sunday. The former Everton man will lead Valencia in tonight’s Copa Del Rey clash, as well as this weekend’s La Liga tie against Barcelona.

Two-time Champions League winner Gary Neville will make his managerial bow in a decisive Champions League clash against Lyon next week, whilst his first taste of Spanish football will come the following weekend against Eibar.

Valencia fans in The Transfer Tavern are delighted with the appointment of Neville and hope that both Gary and Phil can lead the team on to great things.

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