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Published: 19:23 | 12/9/16

Gary Neville: I may never manage again


Gary Neville has suggested he will not return to management for at least five years and has admitted he may never manage again.

The former defender had an unsuccessful stint with Valencia last season and was sacked after he only managed three wins from 16 league outings, he also left his position with England after Euro 2016 after they were knocked out by Iceland in the last 16.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the ex-Manchester United man also spoke of his commitments inside and outside football.

"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," Neville said.

"It's my obligation to deliver Salford City to the Football League. It's my obligation to roll out Hotel Football internationally.

"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."

Valencia have had eight managers since 2012 but Neville has refused to blame the owners or any other outside factors.

"There is nothing worse than hearing someone give reasons for why they've failed - of course sometimes there are reasons - but you have to take the blame yourself," Neville added.

"I cannot open that hotel and blame the general manager for it failing. Why? I appointed the general manager.

"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.

"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."

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