The former England international is certain about his future and he knows that his coaching career is gone for good. The former unsuccessful coach of Valencia doesn’t want to return even though he had several options to do so.
Neville was in charge of Valencia only for less than four months after winning just three out of their 16 La Liga games under his reign. He also was an assistant coach on the back of the England national team but he resigned after the Euro 2016.
The former Manchester United defender said, according to Goal: “It’ll never happen. I’m a million miles away. I suppose never is a strong word because in 10 years you might wake up and say: ‘I want to coach.’ I love football and the camaraderie but I don’t want to be in that environment any more. Up until 15 months ago I was coach of England and 19 months ago I was coach of Valencia, so it would be impossible to say at that stage that I’m never going to be a coach, but I had turned down two or three Premier League jobs, I turned down two Championship jobs and I wasn’t going to go into coaching.”
He tried to explain why he had decided to take charge of Valencia: “I did it because it was my business partner (Peter Lim, Valencia owner) and I thought that the opportunity for an Englishman to manage one of the top four or five clubs in Spain was never going to happen again.”
Neville was happy to gain this experience even though it didn’t go as well as expected: “It was an unbelievable opportunity and it didn’t go as well as I wanted it to, but I enjoyed every minute and it taught me a lot and things I will apply to my business life. I don’t regret going to Spain and I would have liked to have stayed in Valencia for 18 months, but I wouldn’t have continued in coaching.”