Wednesday 21 February 2018

Gary Neville launches attack on FA chief as he turns his back on a coaching career

Gary Neville's managerial career appears to be on hold after his return as a TV pundit
Gary Neville's managerial career appears to be on hold after his return as a TV pundit
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Gary Neville has confirmed that his brief career as a football coach may have come an end, after confirming it will be ‘difficult’ for him to return to coaching.

Neville is heavily involved as a co-owner of Salford City FC and has vowed to bring the club into the Football League, while he also has interests in hotel, restaurants and a massive housing development in Manchester.

“I always say ‘never say never’ because my love of football is too great, but I genuinely believe it will be very difficult for me to go back into coaching because of my commitment now to so many different things,” Neville said.

“It’s my obligation to deliver Salford City to the Football League. It’s my obligation to roll out Hotel Football internationally.

“It’s my obligation to deliver high-end restaurants with Michael O’Hare. It’s my obligation to deliver St Michael’s, which I believe is the best development in Manchester.

“I can’t go back into coaching now in the short term - the next five years - and the reality of it is I don’t want to.

“It could be that I’m no longer ever a coach in football but that’s not a loss. Some people might think it is, but the fact of the matter is it’s not to me.”

Neville suggested management has become too volatile a profession to work in, as he suggested young coaching talent is not given long enough to shine in a modern game that demands instant results.

“The FA and Roy Hodgson invested in me for four years and I’m the most experienced I’ve ever been, yet you get chucked overboard,” he continued.

“The reality is the investment has to come through defeat and victory. The pathway for young coaches cannot just be based on a run of defeats or a run of victories otherwise you are forever changing.

“I heard [FA chief executive] Martin Glenn say ex-players go into punditry for the money. It’s not that simple. It’s an excuse, but don’t tell me the problem, tell me the solution.

“Holland have the solution. Ajax have the solution. Barcelona have the solution. There are models out there. They create pathways and they keep you on the pathway.”

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