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Neville appointed as assistant at Valencia

La Liga: Former Manchester United and England full-back Phil Neville was last night close to being named assistant coach of Valencia.

The Spanish club, who finished fourth in the Primera Division last season, have announced that the 38-year-old has been appointed to manager Nuno Espirito Santo's backroom team at Los Che.

Neville has experience of coaching at Manchester United, where he worked with current Real Sociedad manager David Moyes, and England Under-21s.

A statement on Valencia's website read: "Valencia CF are pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Neville as assistant manager He offers a wealth of footballing knowledge to a club in constant growth."

Neville won 59 caps for England and lifted the Champions League, six Premier League titles and three FA Cups during his time with United.

He finished a 19-year playing career at Everton in 2013 before turning his focus to coaching.

The 41-year-old Nuno, who took charge of Valencia last summer, said: "Phil Neville has great experience at the top level of competition, but above all he has knowledge and values that fit perfectly with our team and our club. He has always been a team player, and our philosophy is based on teamwork. We are a group."

Valencia regularly finish in the top four of La Liga but last won the title in 2004 and have not won any major silverware since claiming the Copa del Rey in 2008.

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