Manchester United legend and assistant manager of England national team, Gary Neville has been officially appointed as La Liga side Valencia’s manager.

The ex-United defender has been appointed as Valencia manager until the end of this season.

 The La Liga outfit’s official statement reads, “Valencia CF have today appointed Gary Neville as head coach until the end the season.”

Valencia will host Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday but according to the club’s statement Neville will not take charge until Sunday. However, Sky Sports, for whom the former English defender has been working as a pundit, stated he would be leave the channel with immediate effect. 

“He will officially take charge of the first team on Sunday 6 December ahead of the UEFA Champions League match against Lyon at Mestalla on Wednesday 9 December.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity with Valencia,” reacted the England assistant coach.

“I am really looking forward to working with the club’s talented group of players and am excited about the challenge ahead.”

Earlier Neville’s brother Phil was named as the temporary head coach of Valencia until further notice after the resignation of Nuno on Sunday.

Nuno surprisingly announced his departure after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sevilla, saying that he had already informed chairman Peter Lim of his departure ahead of the kick-off.

According to reports from Spanish media, Neville has been told to prepare for taking charge of the team’s training.

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.

In a written statement, Valencia president Layhoon Chan statd: “We are delighted to have secured Gary so quickly.

“He combines top level coaching experience through his role as a senior coach with the England national team and a world-class playing career with England and Manchester United.

“Throughout his career Gary has always shown great leadership both on and off the pitch.

“He is hugely respected in English football and it was his personal qualities which persuaded us that he was the right choice to lead Valencia until the end of the season.”

A press conference with the club president Layhoon Chan and Gary Neville will be organised tomorrow afternoon, 4 pm (local time) at Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium.


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