As a player for Manchester United, Gary Neville was full of commitment and passion. It is clear that these attributes have also been used in the early days of his punditry career.
Neville is fast becoming the face of Sky Sports and is particularly adept on his Monday Night Football slot, which he appears to be making his own.
Sometimes football is in danger of over analysing itself but with Neville he always makes sound judgements and imparts his own knowledge and experience from the game he has only recently retired from.
Neville has the added advantage of still being close to the game. He will know many of the Premier League players, will have played against many of them and will also be close to the top English players due to his role as one of the England back-room staff under Roy Hodgson.
It is this closeness that enables Neville to be so engaging when he speaks. Like him or loathe him as a player, Neville has certainly become a well-respected pundit. In my opinion, only Jamie Redknapp can rival him and his ability to provide expert analysis. He looks set for a long career if he so wishes.
The former Manchester United player is also not afraid to speak his mind and he backs this up with reason and well versed arguments. He is still clearly passionate about the game and his recent experience at the top level is clear to see. He commentates and describes games exactly as he did when he played. He is uncompromising, simple and straight to the point.
Neville would probably make a good manager if he chose this route to go down. He has had an excellent schooling and can draw on huge experience. He also looks to have the attributes and temperament to achieve but if he did decide management is for him then he would be a huge loss to television where he has become well respected.
He is fast becoming the face of Sky's football coverage and someone who is admired by colleagues and football supporters alike. Crucially, Neville knows his audience and is able to relate to what they may be thinking. How many commentators or pundits can truly relate to their audience?
Love him or hate him, Neville has carved out a very lucrative future for himself. Long may he continue.
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