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Gary Neville distances himself from Manchester United and England jobs

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Gary Neville insists suggestions he could become England or Manchester United manager in the next six months are nonsense.

The 40-year-old was surprisingly named Valencia head coach early in December and has reiterated that his appointment at Estadio de Mestalla is not merely a stepping stone towards two of the biggest jobs in England.

Neville has long been considered a replacement for Roy Hodgson, who could leave the FA after Euro 2016, due his involvement with the national squad since 2012.

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With Louis van Gaal under increased pressure at Old Trafford, potential replacements have been openly talked about, although Neville would be some way down the list.

But the Old Trafford legend has now taken it upon himself to insist that he would not take either job nor would he even be offered the chance.

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As per the Manchester Evening News, the former Sky Sports pundit, who is still searching for his first league win as Valencia boss, said: "Me being the England manager in six months or me being the Manchester United manager in six months - I can assure you it's not going to happen.

"And it shouldn't happen. Simple as that. I am removing any doubt that anybody should be thinking in that way. You see these things and it's nonsense.

"It shouldn't happen. Simple as that. I am removing any doubt that anybody should be thinking in that way. You see these things and it's nonsense."

"The idea that I have taken this job so I can pounce on one of those other two jobs - it's absolutely not true. You can rest assured of that. It's not going to happen in terms of people offering it to me and it's not going to happen in terms of me taking it. I want to be absolutely clear on that."

SD Eibar v Valencia CF - La Liga

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In truth, the England job seems a more likely destination for Neville, but it seems unlikely such a high-pressure job would be entrusted to the inexperienced coach.

Louis van Gaal's future at Manchester United is uncertain but huge names like Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are being touted as potential arrivals. If a member of the 'Class of 92' was to be given the chance it would surely be Ryan Giggs.

Neville's concentration will firmly be on achieving the best possible finish at Valencia. Los Che's notoriously impatient fans will be expecting a top four finish but, sitting nine points off Celta Vigo, the Englishman needs a win sooner rather than later.

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