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Valencia job was one I had to take, says Neville

By Steven Beacom

Gary Neville has admitted he would have lost his credibility had he turned down the chance to manage Valencia.

The former Manchester United hero is taking charge of the Spanish outfit for the rest of the season and while he will continue to be an England coach, he is leaving his role as a Sky Sports pundit in which he earned rave reviews for his tactical awareness and communication skills.

Offered the job at the weekend, he was unveiled as boss yesterday, insisting the Valencia opportunity was too good to pass up.

He said: "When I received the call on Sunday evening I thought 'what a football club' and 'what a challenge'. I think, from my point of view, sitting on television these last few years talking about coaches, the time has come for me to stand up.

"If I'd turned down this job I would have said goodbye to my credibility because it's a massive club and I'm honoured and proud to be here.

"I've been offered jobs in football over the last four or five years but the timing hadn't felt right."

Neville confirmed his brother Phil will continue in his position as assistant.

Asked what Neville the pundit would say about the appointment, the 40-year-old said: "He would question it and be sceptical and he would want to be proven wrong."

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