Gary Neville to put coaching on hold for at least five years

Gary Neville waves adios on December 15, 2015
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Gary Neville insists that he is not interested in returning to coaching anytime soon, and would instead rather put all his focus on his current projects.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has revealed that he has no intention of returning to coaching for at least the next five years.

The 41-year-old took up his first managerial post at Valencia last season, where he lasted for just four months before being sacked by the Spanish club.

Neville's stint with the England national team also ended in disaster, as the Three Lions crashed out of Euro 2016 at the first knockout stage two years on from a similarly poor showing at the 2014 World Cup.

However, the United legend has become one of the most respected pundits in the country in his role with Sky Sports, while also becoming joint-owner of non-league side Salford City who have aspirations of one day competing in the Championship or higher.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Neville said: "I've committed now. I put two or three things on hold while I was in Valencia and in the summer. And obviously, after the summer I was, 'Right, these projects go and we go with them now'. And they're going. And I'm too integrated into them and at the forefront to go and do something else.

"You can never say never but I think it is unlikely you'll see me step back into a coaching role, certainly in the next five years. So the reality is that I probably am consigning myself to no coaching position, unless in five years I wake up and say, 'Actually, I'd like to do something locally' and something happens.

"But, honestly, at this moment I can't see it at all. I'm far more passionate about those things I'm doing and Salford City than I am about coaching."

Neville spent 20 years with the Red Devils in a playing capacity, before calling time on his career in 2011 and moving into punditry and coaching.

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