If you forget about his terrible stints with Valencia and England, it’s fair to say Gary Neville has made a success of his career after hanging up his boots.
The former Manchester United right-back, who won eight Premier League titles during his career, is regarded by many as the best pundit Britain has to offer.
Now, the competition certainly isn’t great. Robbie Savage, Glenn Hoddle and Chris Sutton have all got a job in media as a result of their status as opposed to their ability on television.
Yet Neville is the undisputed champion of the punditry world. Knowledgable and articulate, he’s a joy to listen to.
And it’s not just on Sky Sports, where Neville features on Monday Night Football alongside the equally-insightful Jamie Carragher, where the 42-year-old has made a name for himself.
Nearly four million people follow Neville on Twitter and you’re missing out if you’re not one of them.
He’s at his best when he’s trolling Carragher, usually after a poor result for Liverpool.
“Poor second half from Liverpool, again concede a poor goal & not clinical enough in front of goal,” Carragher wrote after the 1-1 draw against Newcastle United, in which Jurgen Klopp’s side attempted 17 shots.
Neville’s response? “A good point away from home.”
Shreeves ruined Neville on Twitter
It was Neville’s turn to be the butt of the joke this week when Geoff Shreeves, his Sky Sports colleague, reminded the former defender of the time David Ginola roasted him.
It was back in 1996 when Neville’s Man United travelled to St. James Park to face Newcastle.
Ginola was flying down United’s right side when Neville flew in with a tackle.
Yet Ginola knew a skill or two and he casually skipped past Neville, completely embarrassing the defender.
Shreeves has reminded Neville about that moment with a humorous tweet.
“@GNev2 Did you have sauce and onions with the hot dog @teamginola sent you for?” he wrote.
Neville's comeback was pretty lame
Neville’s comeback, by his lofty standards, not the best.
“Sky were covering the game,” he wrote. “All the hot dogs had gone. Not sure who ate them?”
Neville had the last laugh, mind. Man United, managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, would finish seven points above Newcastle as they won back-to-back Premier League titles.
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