Gary Neville could suit a role within football's governing bodies

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When Gary Neville took over as the manager of Valencia Football Club on December 2 last year it was always going to be a challenge.

The former Manchester Utd man had impressed the football world with his clear-cut, precise and analytical performances for Sky Sports on Monday Night Football.

Neville had shown that he was not just the angry right-back many football fans saw patrolling the flank under Sir Alex Ferguson. No, he showed he was bright, his football knowledge was second to none and he was able to apply this by picking apart a team's performance for a paying audience.


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So when he got offered the job in Spain it seemed that the football world was pleased for him. Sadly, it did not work out for him as his side only won three of their 16 La Liga matches under his control, leaving them five league places worse off than when he joined.

Valencia showed glimmers of good form under Neville but the team could never retain any consistency from one game to the next.

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It is clear that the language barrier was a problem for both Gary and his players. He spent most of his time at the club having to have everything explained through a translator.

Something which must have been greatly frustrating for a man who's detailed knowledge and understanding is what sets him apart from many in the football world, and would have surely been the basis for his tactical style of play.

When speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: "Without a shadow of a doubt the biggest challenge has been half-time, having to communicate through a translator, it's the most frustrating thing."


So it may have been all a bit too much for Neville to take on so soon. There was no time to learn the language, no time to understand Spanish culture, the league, the players, the fans, but where does he go next?

The Future for Neville

Neville is still part of the England setup and his attention will now be focused on helping England deliver in the European Championships in two months time.

There is no doubt he brings a lot of experience and insight to football and Hodgson will be glad to have him by his side during the tournament in France.

After the Euro's it seems it will not be management for Neville. He has already stated that he doesn't believe that his future is in football management: "I'm not going to say where I want to end up, and it isn't in management or head coaching, so I want to be clear about that."

So what else could he do?

Well if it's not management, Neville could concentrate on his role as a director at non-league side Salford City F.C. Neville and former Manchester Utd team-mates Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt became involved with the Manchester-based side in 2014.

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Neville could also make a return to Sky Sports where he enjoyed a short but sweet career, delving into the world of TV tactics alongside Jamie Carragher. No doubt, the majority of football fans would want to see him back but Neville may feel like this is a step backwards, rather than forwards.

Aside from football, Neville has started to make his name as a developer. He has a passion for developing the city of Manchester and has started to do so by building Hotel Football - a hotel just outside Old Trafford - in a partnership with Giggs.

The pair also own Cafe Football, two football-themed restaurants in London and Manchester.


The FA or FIFA?

Neville has previously hinted about a career away from coaching or management and looking forwards, Neville would be an ideal candidate for a job at the FA or FIFA.

A man who truly loves and understands the game. A man who has modern views on how football should be coached, played and managed, even if he could not show this in Spain.

No doubt, the future is bright for Gary Neville and it seems like there is still much more to come.

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