David Moyes has given Gary Neville his secret to success as the former Manchester United defender prepares to take charge of Valencia in his first managerial role.
What is that secret? Winning games.
Yes, the man who has failed to convince at either Manchester United or Real Sociedad since ending an 11-year spell with Everton in 2013 believes Neville will be fine if he can simply deliver results at the Mestalla.
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Neville shocked world football after signing a five-month contract with the La Liga outfit on Wednesday. Although his close relationship with Valencia owner, Peter Lim, would have played a massive role in landing him the job, his reputation as an excellent football analysist made the move into elite management an inevitable one.
The 40-year-old spent his entire playing career in the Premier League with the Red Devils and Moyes, who spent one day short of a year in charge of Real Sociedad between November 2014 and November 215, says he will have to adapt to a very different football culture in Spain.
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Much to learn
Moyes wrote in the Telegraph: "It’s not always easy to explain, but there is a difference: the players, how they react, the referees – there is less time with the ball in play; there are fewer challenges. Players go down easily, the referees react. It can all feel very different from the Premier League."
And Moyes also believes Neville could set the tone for the rest of his managerial career by either succeeding or failing to impress with Valencia.
The Scotsman is of the opinion that a manager's first job will need to go well if he is to reach the upper echelons of management, meaning the odds are already stacked against Neville, who has so much to learn in such a short space of time.
He continued: "From my experience there is not one single piece of advice I can give Gary beyond the obvious: win games. Whether it is in England or Spain or anywhere winning games makes the job a lot easier. There is no secret.
"It is brave because to have longevity as a manager, to have a successful career in management, you really have to do well in the first job you take.
"It gives you that chance. Gary has worked under Sir Alex Ferguson, he has worked with Roy Hodgson, he has done very well as a pundit and coach and he has his brother there. I firmly believe he can do well and hope he does. I wish him well."
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