Roy Hodgson welcomes Gary Neville's Valencia appointment

Wednesday 02 Dec 2015
Gary Neville and England manager Roy Hodgson

The FA has welcomed the news that England Senior Men's Coach Gary Neville has been appointed Head Coach for Valencia Club de Futbol. 

Neville will continue his work with England Manager Roy Hodgson and Coach Ray Lewington as the England squad prepare for Euro 2016 in France. 

Hodgson said: “I'm delighted that Gary has decided to take this excellent opportunity. It's the right moment in time for him and I'm 100 per cent behind his decision to join Valencia as the new head coach.

Gary Neville coaching the England team

Gary Neville has been working with the England team since May 2012

“As far as I’m concerned, this will be an extra string to his bow and the experience he will gain working in the Spanish league can only be beneficial to our work together with the England team. 

“Gary’s commitment to The FA’s preparations for Euro 2016 will not be in any way affected by the fact that he will be coaching abroad during the next five months. 

"As someone who has spent a large part of my coaching career working abroad, I salute his decision and hope he gains as much from his time in Spain as I have done from the various countries which I have worked.

Phil Neville coaching at Valencia

Gary's brother Phil became a coach at Valencia in July

"Like the rest of the England coaching staff, Gary will be fully committed to preparing for the Euros in France and our friendly matches which begin in March against Germany and Holland. 

"I wish him and his brother Phil the very best of luck as they prepare for their first match versus Lyon in the Champions League." 

The former Manchester United and England defender recently completed his Pro Licence course at St. George's Park and will join his brother Phil in Spain on the coaching staff of the La Liga club. 

Phil Neville has recently worked with the England Under-21s and U17s men's teams.

By FA Staff