Gary Neville, the former Manchester United captain, has insisted that nothing can convince him to give management another try following his disastrous stint in charge of Valencia between 2015 and 2016.
The 47-year-old was drafted in by Peter Lim in 2015 as Valencia looked to be heading for a relegation battle but was sacked with two months of the reason remaining.
At face value, Neville’s record is better than some may assume. In all competitions, Valencia won ten games, drew seven and lost 11. Now, he has admitted that a return to management does not interest him even if Manchester United came calling one day.
“No, there’s nothing that would make me go back into football management,” Neville told Geoff Shreeves on The Overlap when asked if a role perfectly tailored for him would be appealing.
“That club over there,” he said whilst pointing toward Old Trafford. “That club over there – £500m budget, do what you want – no. Stay in your lane. Nothing will ever make me say yes again.”
Neville’s brief stint in charge of Valencia was his first and thus far only managerial job and by the sound of it, we won’t be seeing him on the touchline anytime soon.