Rumour has it that Gary Neville will return to Sky Sports after Euro 2016.
The former Manchester United captain, who is currently working alongside Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington in the England setup at the European Championships in France, is expected to reunite with Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football next season.
Carragher will be secretly delighted with this, despite the banter; MNF hasn’t been the same since Neville left to take the manager’s job at Valencia last December and, with Ed Chamberlin now leaving Sky for ITV, the return of television’s best football pundit will make his job much easier.
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Carragher and Neville have stayed in touch since the latter went off to begin his managerial career.
It was Carragher who convinced Neville to add Pako Ayestaran, who was appointed as Valencia’s permanent manager earlier this summer, to his coaching staff at Mestalla back in February.
Carragher takes cheeky dig at Neville
Following the news that Neville is set to return to MNF, Carragher couldn’t resist having a cheeky dig at his former foe on Instagram.
The Liverpool legend posted a photo of himself meeting Queen Elizabeth, alongside the caption: "Of course one watches MNF Jamie, it's much better without that man from Manchester!"
Neville's spell at Valencia was a disaster
Neville joined Valencia at the end of 2015 under the impression that he would be given until the end of the season to help the club battle for a top-four finish.
However, his tenure could not have gone much worse. Neville was sacked by the club after less than four months in charge following a catastrophic run of results.
By the time he left, Valencia sat just six points above the relegation zone in 14th place.
Some people believe this has affected Neville’s credibility but there was always a chance such a move would go pear-shaped.
Neville is an expert communicator - as demonstrated by his brilliant work on Sky Sports - and the language barrier proved to be too big an obstacle.
The retired right-back went into a league he wasn’t overly familiar with, where he didn’t speak the language, and hadn’t had a pre-season to work with the players.
It was no surprise that the project failed.
Hopefully Neville won't quit management
However, this doesn’t mean that Neville - who certainly talks a good game - wouldn’t be a success at an English club.
He might feel scarred by his first experience in management, but it would be a crying shame if football fails to retain the services of a potentially top-class coach.
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