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I was unqualified – Gary Neville vows not to return to management

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Going into management was a nonsense decision, admits Gary Neville

Gary Neville has branded his decision to go into management as “nonsense” and vowed not to return to the dugout.

Upon retirement from football in 2011, the England and Manchester United legend started a new career in the media, but a sudden transition into management in 2015 turned to be a disaster.

Neville was appointed by Valencia, but after 28 games 10 wins, 7 losses, and 11 draws – and the team languishing in 14th spot, 6 points off drop zone, the English man was fired.

The Skysports pundit recounting his managerial career that only lasted four months admitted he made a mistake of taking the Valencia job.

“I never should have said yes to the job,” Neville told Off the Ball.

“I wasn’t qualified for the job and didn’t wake up every morning and think about coaching.

“There was already far too much going on with the Sky stuff, writing articles for a newspaper and doing all the stuff in Manchester with Salford.”

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The 85-capped international further went to admit that if not Peter Lim, the owner of Valencia who also has a share in Salford, a club Neville co-owned, he wouldn’t have made a switch to management.

He continued, “I plan everything in my life,” suggested Neville, “from what I’m doing in three years to what I’m having for my tea tomorrow night.

“The instinctive decisions that I’ve made, opening a night club, a restaurant in manager, taking the Valencia job, they’ve all failed.

“Every time I’ve made an instinctive decision, I’ve failed.”

“I made massive mistakes, simple mistakes

“I was a 40-year-old Englishman who didn’t understand the language, didn’t know the league and didn’t understand Valencia, yet I surrounded myself with three coaches in a similar position and only one of us spoke Spanish.

“They were nonsense decisions.”

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