Phil Neville appointed assistant manager at Valencia


Phil Neville made more than 500 appearances in the Premier League, but the former England international is headed to La Liga, where he will serve as assistant manager at Valencia.

Valencia finished fourth in La Liga last season and qualified for the play-off round of the Champions League.

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A fullback for Manchester United and longtime captain at Everton, Neville retired from playing in 2013 and immediately started a coaching career.

He assisted with England’s Under-21 side before coaching under David Moyes at Manchester United, and has been working as a pundit for the BBC.

At Valencia, Neville will work under manager Nuno Espirito Santo, who just finished his first season in charge at the club.

Speaking to the club’s website, Nuno welcomed Neville to the Mestalla Stadium:

Phil Neville has great experience at the top level of competition, but above all he has knowledge and values that fit perfectly with our team and our club. He has always been a team player, and our philosophy is based on teamwork. We are –and want to continue to be- a group. I am convinced that he is going to help us a lot.”

Not only is Neville a team player, he is also a player who has won multiple trophies during his career. He won six Premier League titles, three FA Cup trophies and a Champions League title, all during his tenure at Manchester United. He also earned 59 caps for England, playing in three European Championships for the Three Lions, despite never making a World Cup squad.

Neville will replace Ian Cathro at Valencia, who left the Spanish club for Newcastle United, where he will try and help Steve McClaren turn around the Magpies.

Billionaire Peter Lim is the owner of Valencia, and he also owns a 50 percent stake in semi-professional club Salford City FC. Salford City is co-owned by Phil Neville and his brother Gary, along with other former Manchester United players Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt.