Ferguson tips ‘leader’ Neville to succeed at Valencia

Published 12/03/2015, 5:07 AM EST
Manchester United’s former manager Alex Ferguson poses for photographers on the red carpet at the world premiere of “Ronaldo” at Leicester Square in London, Britain November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth


REUTERS – Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has said his old skipper Gary Neville has the leadership skills to be a success as manager of Spanish side Valencia.

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Neville replaced former boss Nuno Espirito Santo, who quit on Monday, and the 40-year-old’s first match in charge will be Wednesday’s must-win Champions League tie against Olympique Lyonnais.

“His leadership skills are strong, he’s honest and he’s hard working,” Ferguson told Sky Sports on Wednesday.

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“He is the type of character who is not afraid of making big decisions, which is a vital skill when leading. I think he’ll do well and I wish him, and his brother Phil (Neville), good luck.”

Neville’s assistant will be his younger brother Phil, another former United player who joined Valencia as a coach in the close season.

Gary Neville is the 29th player who featured under Ferguson at Old Trafford to take the top job at a professional club, either on a permanent or temporary basis, United said.

(Reporting by Shravanth Vijayakumar in Bengaluru. Editing by Patrick Johnston)

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