Former Manchester United right back Gary Neville could well be holding out for a coaching role at his former club.
Gary Neville has revealed that he has already turned down more than one approach to become a professional manager, shortly after retiring, entering the world of TV punditry and signing up for an England coaching role.
As a player he will always be considered one of England’s best ever right backs but it’s hard to gauge how he will get on as a manager, until he takes that first step into management.
The logical conclusion which can be drawn from that is he plans to spend a long time coaching, giving away the benefits of his years of experience, and eventually making a move away from his media work.
When that happens there could be a role for him at Manchester United, a club where he is still respected and where the fans still sing his name out loud in matches against specific rivals.
As a defensive coach he has already done some very good work with England and he has many qualities, which suggest if United want to take him back to Old Trafford as a coach then it could be a formality for that to happen.
His media work has shown everyone who follows football, how clever and logical his basic thinking is in the way he not only talks about defending as an art but the insight that can also give to attacking players.
Reflection is a wonderful thing and it’s easy for him to sit in a studio on a Monday night, picking apart what has just taken place and the mistakes that have happened over the weekend.
However, that in itself is part of coaching and Neville has a remarkable ability to pick up on problems quickly in relation to teams he has no association or relationship with.
As a coach at United, he would be able to pick up on the same problems and he’d have a much bigger influence over how those problems are sorted out, using his background in the game and his experience to get his message across.
His talent as a potential coach is clear for all to see and he’s already spoken of the dilemma he’s got between his England role and his TV work, which will force him to choose one side of the forked road at some point in the near future.
There seems to be only one club that he would like to be a coach at and that’s the club he played for and supports. Any excuse to drop the impartialness he has to show as a TV pundit and a live match commentator.
If Sir Alex Ferguson feels the need to bring in another defensive coach before he retires from the game then it’s a no brainer. England commitments depending, Neville would never say no to United in a million years.
Do you see him ending up at United?
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