Jamie Carragher has had his unique opinion on former Sky Sports colleague Gary Neville finally leaving the broadcaster to take charge of La Liga side Valencia.
The news really came as a shocker when it was announced yesterday afternoon, as Gary Neville taking his first step in management career after becoming British football lover’s favourite pundit since joining the channel 4 years ago.
However, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher initially trolled his former Manchester United rival in a hilarious post on Twitter just after the news came, and once again after Liverpool’s sensational win over Southampton but when writing in his column for the Daily Mail, he was rather more heartfelt, atleast for the time being.
“As a player, Gary was someone I loved to hate. For Liverpool fans, he was Public Enemy No 1, the embodiment of Manchester United, but, privately, I have always had nothing but the utmost respect for him. His passion, his will to win and determination were traits I recognised in myself.
“I knew Gary Neville would become a manager one day but the timing has come as a shock,” writes Carragher. “And to think we had just started getting along!
“There is no question I will miss him and I’ll particularly miss the heated debates of a Monday morning when we are making decisions about which clips to show, not to mention the frequent jibes that fly around when the cameras are rolling.
Valencia owner Peter Lim, who once appointed Phil Neville, an assistant to former coach Nuno Espirito Santo back in July, made the shock decision to name his brother Gary Neville head coach of the club till the end of this season after Santo decided to resign from his post. 41-year-old Nuno leaves Valencia as ninth in Spanish top flight and third in Champions League Group H, still with a hope of make it to the knock-out stages.
Santo’s decision to walk away from the club apparently meant Phil Neville, who may have been the right choice for the head coach job, was put in temporary charge of the first team activities until his brother Gary arrives to take charge. Valencia will host Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday but according to the club’s statement Neville will not take charge until Sunday.
It is also understood that Gary Neville will still remain assistant manager to the England head coach Roy Hodgson, but he will give up his work as a pundit in Sky Sports with immediate effect.