Neville raises doubts over coaching return

Gary Neville has admitted he is unlikely to return to management in the near future, following a disappointing stint at the helm of Spanish outfit Valencia.

Neville, 41, took up the reins at Los Che in December 2015, but parted ways with the La Liga outfit after just four months in charge, having overseen 10 wins, seven draws and 11 defeats.

However, the former Manchester United stalwart retained his role as England assistant manager under Roy Hodgson, and linked up with the Three Lions prior to their Euro 2016 campaign in France.

It's fair to say things did not go according to plan for England and Neville, with the Three Lions suffering one of the shocks of the tournament after being eliminated by minnows Iceland.

And, with new England boss Sam Allardyce bringing in his own backroom staff, Neville says he will now have plenty of time to focus on his side projects.

In fact, Neville even went so far as to suggest he would not be returning to management for five years, if at all.

"I always say 'never say never' because my love of football is too great, but I genuinely believe it will be very difficult for me to go back into coaching because of my commitment now to so many different things," Neville told Sky Sports' Guillem Balague for Revista Bitesize.

"It's my obligation to deliver Salford City to the Football League. It's my obligation to roll out Hotel Football internationally.

"It's my obligation to deliver high-end restaurants with Michael O'Hare. It's my obligation to deliver St Michael's, which I believe is the best development in Manchester.

"I can't go back into coaching now in the short term – the next five years – and the reality of it is I don't want to.

"It could be that I'm no longer ever a coach in football but that's not a loss. Some people might think it is, but the fact of the matter is it's not to me."

He added: "The FA and Roy Hodgson invested in me for four years and I'm the most experienced I've ever been, yet you get chucked overboard.

"The reality is the investment has to come through defeat and victory. The pathway for young coaches cannot just be based on a run of defeats or a run of victories otherwise you are forever changing.

"I heard [FA chief executive] Martin Glenn say ex-players go into punditry for the money. It's not that simple. It's an excuse, but don't tell me the problem, tell me the solution.

"Holland have the solution. Ajax have the solution. Barcelona have the solution. There are models out there. They create pathways and they keep you on the pathway."

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