Sir Alex Ferguson has urged Manchester United to keep a place open for the possible return of Gary Neville as a coach, according to the Guardian.
Neville is already coaching at international level with England, which he mixes in with part of his responsibilities as a TV pundit with Sky Sports, where he appears regularly as an analyst, guest and commentator.
It’s through his TV work that he has been able to show off just how knowledgeable he is about the game and particularly the art of defending, which would be the main reason United should offer him a coaching role.
He is able to quickly view and summarise various passages of play and goals, picking out the problems and describing how a back four could have prevented those issues from appearing in the first place.
He’d be useful working with the more experienced and higher profile players because he knows how to handle them, and he’d be useful working with the younger players because of the length and depth of his career.
It’s a difficult one for United, and David Moyes in particular, to judge because for him to become a coach at United, he would definitely have to give up one of his roles with England or Sky.
He may have to turn his back on the TV work because if he has a job at United, that means the broadcasters can’t rely on his impartiality which is one of the professional qualities anyone in sports broadcasting has to try and show.
It’s no fluke that Ferguson has made these comments clear to United because he knows the very fabric of the club and the expectations and standards that United demand on a daily basis.
If they took him on as a coach, he would be able to maintain part of the Ferguson legacy in that respect, which would make Moyes’ life easier when he first takes over as the club’s next manager.
It would be a very clever move by the club because Neville is knowledgeable enough and seems like a good enough coach to go and perform a job admirably at any club in the division.
It’s just one of the side effects he provides as a former Manchester United player and one of Ferguson’s most reliable defenders during his 26 years at the club.
There is always the risk that the longer United wait to make him a coach at Old Trafford, a rival could come in and poach him away from beneath their very noses.
However, similarly to Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, he was only ever a one club man as a player which means he may pass up the best coaching jobs in the world just to give himself a chance of a job at his former side.
Should United go after him?
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