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Jamie Carragher sends his best wishes to Gary Neville

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Jamie Carragher has wished Gary Neville luck after the Manchester United legend was announced as the new head coach of La Liga outfit Valencia.

The Liverpool centre-back became part of a hilarious double act on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football with Neville despite the two having spent their playing days at each other's throats.

Los Che's new boss, who made 602 appearances for the Red Devils, often went head-to-head with Carragher during heated encounters between the Reds and United.

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And writing in his column for the Daily Mail, the Anfield favourite wished Neville the best of luck, but could not resist having one final dig.

He said: "So Mondays will not be the same for the next six months. I knew Gary Neville would become a manager one day, but the timing has come as a shock. And to think we had just started getting along!

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"As a player, Gary was someone I loved to hate. For Liverpool fans, he was Public Enemy No 1, the embodiment of Manchester United. But, privately, I have always had nothing but the utmost respect for him. His passion, his will to win and determination were traits I recognised in myself.

"There is no question I will miss him and I’ll particularly miss the heated debates of a Monday morning when we are making decisions about which clips to show, not to mention the frequent jibes that fly around when the cameras are rolling.

"Gary has never hidden his ambition — he relishes working alongside Roy Hodgson with England — and I don’t blame him for taking this opportunity. It will be a tremendous education."

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Neville has often been touted as a potential manager of the future, but it came as some surprise to see him take the job at Mestalla given his commitments with Sky Sports, Salford City and the England national team.

I knew Gary Neville would become a manager one day but the timing has come as a shock. And to think we had just started getting along!

It has been reported that he turned down a lucrative five-year offer from the TV to take the role in Spain while Roy Hodgson has confirmed Neville is still committed to helping the Three Lions in their preparations for Euro 2016. Salford chairwoman Karen Baird also said nothing would change at the non-league club.

With Louis van Gaal set to leave Manchester United at the end of next season - if he makes it that far - talk has begun to mount that a strong spell at Valencia could put Neville in a strong position for the hotseat come 2017.

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