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Phil Neville (left) with brother Gary at a film premiere

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Gary Neville has been appointed head coach at Valencia.

The former Manchester United defender will take up the role until the end of the season having agreed a five month deal with the Spanish outfit who are currently 9th in La Liga.

He will continue in his role as assistant to Roy Hodgson in the England international set-up.

Valencia are to unveil their new boss at a press conference on Thursday.

Since the former England international retired during the 2010/11 season, the 40-year-old has become an acclaimed pundit with Sky Sports and worked as a coach under national team manager Roy Hodgson.

There had been rumours Neville was to take on the job at Fulham.

Gary will take up his position on Sunday after the Barcelona fixture and his first game in charge will be the Champions League tie against Olympique Lyonnais at Valencia's home, the Mestalla, the following Wednesday.

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He said: "I am excited and I am proud to have received this huge opportunity with Valencia Football Club. It is a huge club, of immense prestige and I remember well from my time as a player, the passion and loyalty of their fans.

"I'm looking forward to working with them, I know it's a group of very talented players. I am very excited about the challenge that lies ahead together."

Brother Phil was recently named caretaker boss in the wake of the departure of Nuno Espírito Santo. It is not clear what his role will be in the new managerial set-up.

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<b>Gary Neville (Manchester United), 570 games</b><br />

This is current Manchester United captain Gary Neville celebrating the 1999 Champions League triumph with his brother Phil. As of yet, the defender has played a total of 570 games for the club. He is also England's most capped right back

<b>Gary Neville (Manchester United), 570 games</b><br /> This is current Manchester United captain Gary Neville celebrating the 1999 Champions League triumph with his brother Phil. As of yet, the defender has played a total of 570 games for the club. He is also England's most capped right back

Gary Neville wants to see new faces at Manchester United

Gary Neville wants to see new faces at Manchester United

Sky Pundit Gary Neville speaks on camera prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on April 6, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Sky Pundit Gary Neville speaks on camera prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on April 6, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Former England international Gary Neville poses on arrival for the world premiere of the film Ronaldo in central London on November 9, 2015.
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Former England international Gary Neville poses on arrival for the world premiere of the film Ronaldo in central London on November 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JACK TAYLORJACK TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images

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Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville are funding a plan to turn the Stock Exchange building in Manchester into a 35-bedroom luxury hotel

Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville are funding a plan to turn the Stock Exchange building in Manchester into a 35-bedroom luxury hotel

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville

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Jamie Carragher of Liverpool argues with Gary Neville of Manchester United after United were awarded a penalty in the first half of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 21, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Jamie Carragher of Liverpool argues with Gary Neville of Manchester United after United were awarded a penalty in the first half of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 21, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes

Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes

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Gary Neville

Gary Neville (right) was Wayne Rooney's team-mate at Manchester United and England

Gary Neville (right) was Wayne Rooney's team-mate at Manchester United and England

Gary Neville at his Testimonial Match between Manchester United and Juventus at Old Trafford on May 24, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Gary Neville at his Testimonial Match between Manchester United and Juventus at Old Trafford on May 24, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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&lt;b&gt;MANCHESTER UNITED 1 LIVERPOOL 0&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
Premier League, January, 2006&lt;br/&gt;
Not the most pulsating of matches but highly memorable for the antics of Gary Neville. Djibril Cisse had the best chance of the match that only sparked to life in the dying seconds. Rio Ferdinand cropped up in the 90th minute to score a headed winner, but it was what followed that is remembered. Mr Manchester United, Gary Neville, opted to celebrate the goal, not with his team-mates, but by running the length of the pitch so he could wave his fists about and kiss the United badge in front of the travelling Liverpool supporters. His wild gestures got him in trouble with the FA but it was worth it, if only for finding a way to up the temperature in what is already the most heated fixture of the season.

<b>MANCHESTER UNITED 1 LIVERPOOL 0</b><br/> Premier League, January, 2006<br/> Not the most pulsating of matches but highly memorable for the antics of Gary Neville. Djibril Cisse had the best chance of the match that only sparked to life in the dying seconds. Rio Ferdinand cropped up in the 90th minute to score a headed winner, but it was what followed that is remembered. Mr Manchester United, Gary Neville, opted to celebrate the goal, not with his team-mates, but by running the length of the pitch so he could wave his fists about and kiss the United badge in front of the travelling Liverpool supporters. His wild gestures got him in trouble with the FA but it was worth it, if only for finding a way to up the temperature in what is already the most heated fixture of the season.

Manchester United star Gary Neville signs autographs for fans in the Europa Hotel

Manchester United star Gary Neville signs autographs for fans in the Europa Hotel

Gift sets are presented to United legends Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville by Gareth Bradley, managing director of  wine company Woodford Bourne

Gift sets are presented to United legends Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville by Gareth Bradley, managing director of wine company Woodford Bourne

Phil and Gary in their heyday playing for Manchester United

Phil and Gary in their heyday playing for Manchester United

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Gary Neville will be remembered by football fans as England's best-ever right back and as a legend at Manchester United

Gary Neville will be remembered by football fans as England's best-ever right back and as a legend at Manchester United

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&lt;b&gt;&quot;If he was an inch taller he'd be the best centre half in Britain. His father is 6ft 2in - I'd check the milkman.&quot;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br/&gt;
- The United boss on Gary Neville

<b>"If he was an inch taller he'd be the best centre half in Britain. His father is 6ft 2in - I'd check the milkman."</b><br/> - The United boss on Gary Neville

Gary Neville of England

Gary Neville of England

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Buoyant: England coach Gary Neville laughs with Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney, Gary Cahill,
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Buoyant: England coach Gary Neville laughs with Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling and Kieran Gibbs

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Gary Neville, pictured here with Ronaldo after Manchester United's champions League victory, is the latest team-mate to urge the Portugese star to stay at United

Gary Neville, pictured here with Ronaldo after Manchester United's champions League victory, is the latest team-mate to urge the Portugese star to stay at United

Portrait of Gary Neville of Manchester United lining up for the UEFA Champions League Group B match against Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence, Italy. Fiorentina won 2-0 in November 1999. Mandatory Credit: Alex Livesey /Allsport

Portrait of Gary Neville of Manchester United lining up for the UEFA Champions League Group B match against Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence, Italy. Fiorentina won 2-0 in November 1999. Mandatory Credit: Alex Livesey /Allsport

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22 Mar 1999:  A portrait of Gary Neville of England. \ Mandatory Credit: Graham Chadwick /Allsport

22 Mar 1999: A portrait of Gary Neville of England. \ Mandatory Credit: Graham Chadwick /Allsport

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England coach Gary Neville has spoken out about Manchester United's defensive problems

England coach Gary Neville has spoken out about Manchester United's defensive problems

Watching brief: Roy Hodgson and Gary Neville on the touchline in Miami

Watching brief: Roy Hodgson and Gary Neville on the touchline in Miami

1 Apr 2000:  Dwight Yorke, David Beckham, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes of Manchester United celebrate against West Ham United during the FA Carling Premiership match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. Manchester United won 7-1. \ Mandatory Credit:Michael Steele /Allsport

1 Apr 2000: Dwight Yorke, David Beckham, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes of Manchester United celebrate against West Ham United during the FA Carling Premiership match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. Manchester United won 7-1. \ Mandatory Credit:Michael Steele /Allsport

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Gary Neville Similar to the Adebayor incident, although Gary Neville didn't run quite so fast. After a late winner from Rio Ferdinand against Liverpool at Old Trafford, the full-back (never a favourite with Scousers) ran to the opposition fans clutching his badge in celebration. No disrespect to Liverpool was intended. Of course not.

Gary Neville Similar to the Adebayor incident, although Gary Neville didn't run quite so fast. After a late winner from Rio Ferdinand against Liverpool at Old Trafford, the full-back (never a favourite with Scousers) ran to the opposition fans clutching his badge in celebration. No disrespect to Liverpool was intended. Of course not.

Gary Neville of Manchester United in action during the Umbro Cup pre-season tournament between Ajax, Chelsea, Manchester United and Nottingham Forest at the City ground in Nottingham in 1996. Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport UK

Gary Neville of Manchester United in action during the Umbro Cup pre-season tournament between Ajax, Chelsea, Manchester United and Nottingham Forest at the City ground in Nottingham in 1996. Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport UK

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Gary Neville of Manchester United celebrates his team's victory at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on January 11, 2009 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Gary Neville of Manchester United celebrates his team's victory at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on January 11, 2009 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Sir Alex Ferguson with his 'fledglings' – Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, David Beckham, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes

Sir Alex Ferguson with his 'fledglings' – Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, David Beckham, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes

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<b>Gary Neville (Manchester United), 570 games</b><br /> This is current Manchester United captain Gary Neville celebrating the 1999 Champions League triumph with his brother Phil. As of yet, the defender has played a total of 570 games for the club. He is also England's most capped right back

The Neville brothers have close ties with Singaporean businessman Peter Lim, who owns the club.

He has a 50 per cent stake in Salford City, with the rest split between Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and the Nevilles.

Valencia president, Chan Lay Hoon welcomed the new coach, he said: "We are delighted to have signed Gary as quickly.

"He is a person who combines technical expertise as part of the coaching staff of the England team and a brilliant playing career at Manchester United and his team."

She added: "Throughout his career, Gary has always shown a high level of leadership on and off the field. He is greatly respected in the English football and have been these qualities that have convinced us that it is the right choice to lead the team until the end of season."

Gary Neville played over 600 times for Manchester United and was capped 85 times for his country.

He won numerous trophies including eight league championships and two champions leagues.




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