Phil Neville has gained a significant amount of experience as a coach since ending his playing career in 2013.
The 39-year-old worked as a first-team coach at Manchester United under David Moyes during the 2013-14 season and then moved to Spain in order to become Nuno Espirito Santo’s assistant at Valencia in 2015.
Neville stayed on at the Mestalla after Nuno was sacked and then became the assistant to his brother, Gary, whose ill-fated spell with Los Che lasted all of four months.
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Neville then left Valencia at the end of the 2015-16 campaign although his son, Harvey, still plays for the Spanish club’s youth side after leaving Manchester City.
Phil and his family still live in Spain but he could be on his way back to England, according to surprise reports today.
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Neville favourite to become the new Bury manager
According to The Sun, Neville is on the verge of becoming the new manager of Bury, who sacked David Flitcroft last week.
Bury chairman Stewart Day is after a replacement and has identified the younger Neville, who grew up in the Greater Manchester town, as the man to turn around the club’s ailing fortunes.
The Neville family have strong ties with Bury Football Club.
Phil and Gary’s late father, Neville Neville, was the club’s commercial director and a stand at Gigg Lane was recently named after him.
Bury are struggling - badly
Phil will be acutely aware that he’ll have his work cut out if he does agree to take the job.
Bury currently sit 18th in League One, have shipped 14 goals in their previous three matches, and are on a 12-game winless streak.
Neville keen to enter management
That, though, might not be enough to put off Neville who recently said: “In terms of my next step, unless it’s something really special, I think I’d like to go on my own and do my own thing.
“I went out to Valencia to create my own pathway and to keep my individual learning going, and that’s where I see it really.
“Rather than going back in as an assistant or a first-team coach, even though there may be opportunities to do that, in my ideal world I’d like to be on my own and continue my development on my own.”
A Bury ‘insider’, meanwhile, has told reporters: “To have Phil here in charge would be marvellous and hopefully pull our season around.”
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