Sunday 17 December 2017

'Surprised' Niall Quinn admits Gary Neville a big loss for Sky Sports

England coach Gary Neville has quit his role as Sky Sports pundit
England coach Gary Neville has quit his role as Sky Sports pundit

John Fallon

Niall Quinn admits he was surprised but delighted to see his Sky Sports colleague Gary Neville appointed as head coach of Valencia today.

It is the first foray into a prime managerial role for the former England and Manchester United defender and Quinn reckons the role in with the Spanish La Liga side is ideal.

“Gary will do well in the job,” said Quinn. “He is so intense with his football beliefs and tactical analysis of situations.

“He will all the players on their toes. Things will be done his way.

“It was always a matter of when, rather than if, Gary would go into a No 1 managerial role.

“Having experienced coaching with England helping Roy Hodgson, most of us felt it would be Gary’s next step.

“I’m just surprised it has come today rather than having weeks of speculation. It has come out of the blue. We’ll miss him with Sky if he packs his bags.”

Quinn, speaking as Sky unveiled Sky Q, the next-generation home entertainment system, opening up a whole new way of watching TV, feels that wait until four-and-a-years on from the end of his playing career to take a standalone role will stand to Neville.

“Roy Keane went into his first job straight from playing and did well at Sunderland. It can happen.

“But, with Gary, he’ll have picked up a lot of knowledge with all the game he’s covered. He goes to games on his days off.

“His prowess improved over the last few years rather than had he gone straight into a job. There’s far more respect for what Gary says and does.

“I wouldn’t have any worries about him. He could have gone in directly but it will be beneficial that he’s waited and learned a lot of necessary skills of management.”

Niall Quinn was at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre to open Sky’s new state-of-the-art flagship retail store. It is one of 36 Sky Retail Stores in Ireland which provides new and existing customers advice and demonstrations of Sky products at shopping centres nationwide.

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