Gary Neville admits he may not get back into coaching

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Gary Neville's first experience of management was a turbulent stint to say the least.

Three wins from 16 games brought an abrupt end to Neville's four-month spell in charge of Valencia, with the Spanish side just six points above the relegation zone of La Liga.

Taking on one of Spain's biggest clubs in your first management role would have been tough for anyone to succeed in, nevertheless, it was extremely disappointing to see one of the most popular pundits in the Premier League fail to make the transition into coaching.

On top of that, Neville endured an equally frustrating period alongside Roy Hodgson as England crashed out of Euro 2016 against Iceland.

And both harrowing experiences have significantly affected the former Manchester United full-back's choice of career going forward.

Until now, fans have been limited to the odd comment here and there about Neville's time in Spain since his sacking but a new interview for Sky Sports' Revista Bitesize has provided a fresh insight into his troubles as a coach.

Now back as a regular pundit and commentator for Sky, Neville's current responsibilities in and outside of football have deterred him from considering another coaching role.

Neville told Guillem Balague: "I always say 'never say never' because my love of football is too great, but I genuinely believe it will be very difficult for me to go back into coaching because of my commitment now to so many different things.

"I can't go back into coaching now in the short term - the next five years - and the reality of it is I don't want to."

"It could be that I'm no longer ever a coach in football but that's not a loss. Some people might think it is, but the fact of the matter is it's not to me."

Many supporters have been impressed by the level of detail and passion the 41-year-old puts into his punditry and may not be too disappointed by his pledge to stay away from coaching.

He is also part-owner of Salford City and, in partnership with old teammate Ryan Giggs, has set up various other businesses in and around Manchester so has plenty to keep him occupied in the absence of coaching.

Despite his poor record, Neville does not regret taking the Valencia post and refused to blame any external factors behind his failure.

"I can't go to Spain for four months, be coach of Valencia, and blame the fact there was a difficult dressing room, I didn't speak the language, we had bad luck and we missed some chances," he added.

"Why? Because I knew I didn't speak the language before I went, I knew it was a difficult dressing room, I knew they had sacked lots of managers and I didn't deal with it.

"People will always look at that externally and think it was a negative experience. For me personally, I lost football matches but what I gained was general experience of life, culture and appreciation for a different country."

Neville's candid assessment of his brief managerial reign will just reaffirm why fans - not just of Man United - like him so much and will be glad to see him on their television screens for many years to come.

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