Gary Neville was appointed as Valencia's new manager this afternoon and, well frankly, the internet couldn't quite believe it.
The former Manchester United defender, who had been filling his time after hanging up his boots by coaching with England, providing analysis for Sky Sports and owning non-league outfit Salford City, will take over at the Mestalla until the end of the season after Nuno Espirito Santo resigned over the weekend.
His brother Phil, who had taken up a coaching role with the La Liga outfit earlier this year, had been named as assistant to interim boss Salvador 'Voro' Gonzalez on Monday with the club in 9th place after 13 games.
Then, this happened:
Valencia confirmed in their statement: "Valencia CF have today appointed Gary Neville as Head Coach until the end the season.
He will officially take charge of the first team on Sunday 6 December ahead of the UEFA Champions League match against Lyon at Mestalla on Wednesday 9 December."
Once the news hit the internet, the floodgates were open. Where on earth had the news come from? Why couldn't Gary let Phil play with his own toy just this once? What does this mean for his England commitments and his role with Sky Sports? JUST WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?
Amongst all that, Neville's Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carrager was on hand to provide the tweet of the day, comparing the high-flying former defender, who is considered perhaps the finest pundit in the game to....Pegguy Arphexad. What a compliment.
Luckily, the kind folks of the internet were on hand to provide the balanced, measured and sober analysis we'd come to expect. Oh...
Interestingly, Neville spoke in the BBC's recent documentary that focused on the running of Salford City about the stresses his workload has put on his family since his retirement and the amount of time he spends away from them. You can watch the clip from 'The Class of 92: Out Of Their League' below (starts 32.31):
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