Gary Neville has ruled out a return to coaching football in the next five years to concentrate on his commercial obligations. The former Manchester United and England defender took his first managerial job in La Liga with Valencia last season, taking over in December and lasting only until March, losing 11 games and winning only 10 in that time.
Speaking to Sky Sports this weekend he said:
“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.
"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.
Gary Neville: "I genuinely believe it will be very difficult for me to go back into coaching now." pic.twitter.com/8svzsp4KF5— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) September 12, 2016
It's a shame it didn't work out for him at Valencia. Judging by his football analysis, it appears he would be a top class manager, so it feels like a loss to the game, even if GNev doesn't agree himself. I do hope it's not the last we've seen of him on the touchline, be that for England, another club or maybe even Manchester United one day...