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Manchester United legend Gary Neville takes over at Valencia

December 02, 2015 23:05 IST
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Gary Neville takes over as the new head coach of Valencia

IMAGE: Gary Neville takes over as the new head coach of Valencia. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Former England and Manchester United defender Gary Neville is the new boss of Valencia -- his first managerial post.

Neville, who is also part of Roy Hodgson's England coaching team, was named first-team coach at the Mestalla -- where his brother, Phil, is a coach -- for the rest of the season in a surprise announcement by the club on Wednesday.

"Valencia Football Club has reached an agreement with England coach Gary Neville to be the coach of the first team until June 30, 2016," the club said.

Nuno Espirito Santo stepped down 'by mutual consent' after Sunday's 1-0 La Liga defeat at Sevilla left the ambitious Singapore-owned club languishing in mid-table.

Neville has worked as a media pundit and been a member of England manager Roy Hodgson's coaching staff since retiring as a player in 2011.

He will take over the running of the Valencia first team next Sunday ahead of their Champions League game against Olympique Lyon a week on Wednesday.

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