Roy: Let's see how it pans out for Neville

Jim van Wijk

GARY Neville will not be "calling the shots" as he started work alongside new England manager Roy Hodgson on the training pitch today, according to former team-mate Roy Keane.

Ex-Manchester United defender Neville has become part of Hodgson's backroom staff ahead of Euro 2012, penning a four-year deal.

The 37-year-old, capped 85 times for England, became the Red Devils skipper following Keane's departure from Old Trafford in 2005, going on to lift the Premier League twice.

Neville has divided opinion in his role as media pundit for Sky Sports, drawing criticism for some forthright views - including claiming Chelsea defender David Luiz had played like he was controlled by "a 10-year-old on a PlayStation".

Keane, 40, feels his old team-mate will take to a coaching role, but on very much a steep learning curve.


"It is important you are yourself. Gary can talk a bit, but don't think for one minute he was as influential in the dressing room as people might think he was," said former Republic of Ireland midfielder Keane, who will be part of ITV Sport's media team at Euro 2012. "Gary would say his piece, but he wasn't running the show, far from it, so don't think for one minute he will be going into England and calling the shots.

"He will be learning his trade and being a link between the manager and the players and I think he will be good at that."

Keane added: "It is a good appointment, but let's see how it pans out. Only time will tell.

"I know he has done his coaching qualifications, but sitting in a studio talking about teams is very different.

"There is no point building them up too much and there is no point knocking them either. Give the man a chance."

Keane believes Neville could find it difficult juggling roles on and off the pitch.

"I am surprised he has kept his role with doing TV, that can be difficult," the former Sunderland and Ipswich manager said.

"He probably won't be as critical as me and speak in the terms I do. Hopefully he will do well. Gary is a decent guy and he has played at a decent level, but that doesn't guarantee success."