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Published: 19:16 | 14/12/15

Neville named Valencia head coach

Gary Neville has been named as the new head coach of La Liga side Valencia.

The club made the shock announcement on Wednesday with the former Manchester United and England defender set to take charge until the end of the season.

"Valencia CF have today appointed Gary Neville as head coach until the end the season," said a statement from the Spanish club.

"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."

Neville has been working as an assistant coach to England manager since 2012 and will take over from Nuno Espirito Santo, who resigned at the end of last month.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity with Valencia. Valencia are a huge football club of immense standing and I know from my time as a player the passion and dedication of the Valencia fans," Neville said.

“I am really looking forward to working with the club’s talented group of players and am excited about the challenge ahead.

Despite his appointment, Neville will continue to work alongside Hodgson ahead of Euro 2016, with the England manager fully behind his decision to move to Spain.

"I'm delighted that Gary has decided to take this excellent opportunity. It's the right moment in time for him and I'm 100 per cent behind his decision," he said in a statement.

"As far as I’m concerned, this will be an extra string to his bow and the experience he will gain working in the Spanish league can only be beneficial to our work together with the England team.

"Gary’s commitment to The FA’s preparations for Euro 2016 will not be in any way affected by the fact that he will be coaching abroad during the next five months.

"As someone who has spent a large part of my coaching career working abroad, I salute his decision and hope he gains as much from his time in Spain as I have done from the various countries in which I have worked."

"Like the rest of the England coaching staff, Gary will be fully committed to preparing for the Euros in France and our friendly matches which begin in March against Germany and Holland.

"I wish him and his brother Phil the very best of luck as they prepare for their first match versus Lyon in the Champions League."

Neville’s brother Phil will take charge of the team for the Copa del Rey clash with Barkaldo on Wednesday as well as the weekend’s league meeting with Barcelona.

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