Neville reveals managerial offers

Gary Neville has been offered "two or three roles" in the last 18 months but has opted not to start his managerial career.

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Gary Neville: Had management offers

Gary Neville: Had management offers

Gary Neville has revealed he has turned down "two or three" offers to join the management ranks.

The former Manchester United defender admits he is living the dream at present. After spending last night at the Nou Camp watching Barcelona scrape past Paris St Germain to reach the Champions League semi-final, he flew into Manchester at lunchtime to fulfil a commitment to the Soccerex European Forum.

Once there he met up with England boss Roy Hodgson, who appointed Neville as his assistant ahead of Euro 2012.

Little wonder Neville had no interest in joining the management ranks within 18 months of ending his stellar playing career, especially after watching so many contemporaries encounter major difficulties when they did take the plunge.

"There have been two or three times in the last 18 months where I have been offered roles as a manager," he said. "But it doesn't feel right at this moment in time. It would not be the right decision.

"I have completed my A licence and I am doing my pro-Licence at the moment. I am really enjoying that. And I love it with England. If it had not been for that.

"I see a lot of people rush into coaching too quickly. In two years they are finished. They are disullisioned with everything because they are in the hands of some crazy men."

It is his role at England that gives Neville the closest buzz possible to the one he experienced in a playing career that brought him 85 caps and 602 appearances for Manchester United.

It is after England games that Neville cannot sleep at night, and England with whom he will be judged most closely as the Three Lions try and tiptoe their way through to the World Cup.

But Sky has brought issues too after the Premier League's most significant broadcaster took an educated punt on his straight-talking manner successfully transferring to the small screen.

"Watch my first two or three shows. I was shaking," he said. "My first interview with Mancini was an embarrassment.

"But I don't class myself as a broadcaster. You don't get tricks with me. I just want to tell people what I know.

"Sometimes I make mistakes. Sometimes I am a bit harsh, other times I am not harsh enough. But I would hate to become a cynical presenter."

Although Neville did not categorise it as a mistake, it is clear his infamous reference to David Luiz as playing as though he was being controlled by a 10-year-old on a Play Station had an enduring resonance he did not feel they warranted.

"Once or twice I have overstepped the mark and said things in innocence but I can see why it gets portrayed in a certain way," he said.

"The David Luiz comment was a moment in time, describing a performance within a game. It wasn't 'I don't think he is a good player and he never will be a good player' like it has been interpreted for the last two years.

"He was sensational against United at Old Trafford and there are incredible merits in him. But through that statement it is like people think I have turned off him as a player."

It is typical that Neville adopts a thoroughness to every job he does. His assessment of Spain's merits, for instance, are amusing.

"People are saying we have to be like Spain," said Neville. "They didn't do anything for 100 years.

"Spain have had five good years. Well done for that."

But the words cover a significant concern about the number of English players Hodgson and his successors will have to choose from.

Neville is not advocating booting all the foreigners out. He just wishes there was a more measured approach to recruitment.

"We can not go back to having no foreigners," he said.

"I am proud of the fact the Premier League is a global success, but there is a tipping point.

"Messi and Ronaldo play in Spain. But 63 per cent of players in La Liga are their own nationality.

"We need to give more chances to our own. Why can't we find players in Manchester?"


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