Gary Neville has clarified his ambitions for the future, confirming that he would like to remain in charge of Valencia beyond the end of the season.
The former Manchester United ace shocked the footballing world last month when he quit his role as expert Sky Sports pundit to take charge of the Spanish side, where his brother Phil was already working as assistant manager. But during an interview with his previous employers, he explained that he did not see himself as a manager for the long-term future.
However, speaking after the dramatic 2-2 home draw with Real Madrid – their best performance since Neville took the reigns – he moved to clarify that his comments have been taken out of context somewhat. He said: I was talking about 15 or 20 years ahead. I want to be here for longer than six months. I want to be a coach for longer than six months but I know I have to prove myself.”
Neville is still waiting for his first win as Los Che coach, having now been in charge for six matches. His side trailed Real twice at the Mestalla, but could so easily have snatched a memorable win in the dying stages when Alvaro Negredo was through on goal only to see his shot saved. Their next assignment comes on Sunday evening when they travel to Real Sociedad.