Gary Neville to Take Charge of Valencia, Leaves Sky Sports Role

Gary Neville
Gary Neville and Roy Hodgson discuss tactics before the match between England and Lithuania on October 12. Neville has been appointed head coach of Valencia. Reuters / Carl Recine

Spanish football team Valencia has appointed former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville as its new manager—offering him a job at the club that currently already employs his brother Phil.

Valencia president Layhoon Chan said in a statement on the club website: "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."

Neville, who will stay with the club at least until the end of the season, said he was "thrilled to be given the opportunity" to work with a football club of "immense standing." Valencia is currently placed ninth in Spain's top division, but has won the La Liga title six times, most recently in the 2003-4 season.

The BBC reported on Sunday that Nuno Espirito Gomes had resigned from his position as head coach at the Mestalla Stadium leaving Phil Neville in temporary charge of the club. It is unclear at this stage what role, if any, Phil will play in his brother's backroom setup.

Valencia is owned by billionaire Peter Lim, who also controls a 50 percent stake in Salford City, a semi-professional football club co-owned by the Neville brothers and other former Manchester United teammates Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and Nicky Butt.

The BBC reports that Gary will continue in his role as an assistant coach to England international manager, Roy Hodgson, although he will leave his other high-profile job as a pundit on Sky TV's coverage of the Barclays Premier League.

The Spanish club confirmed Gary will officially take charge of the first team on Sunday December 6 ahead of the UEFA Champions League match against Lyon on December 9, leaving his brother in charge of this weekend's game against Barcelona.