After several of Fergie's Fledglings took over the nest at Manchester United, one legend avoided talk of a return, despite being the best man for the job.
With all the comings and goings at Old Trafford, the promotions, sackings and returns in order to provide some stability to a club teetering on the edge of crisis, after what is likely to be referred to in the future as the "David Moyes debacle," there was one name glaringly absent when it came to the likely saviours that could weave their magic.
Neville has impressed much of the footballing world with his astute punditry since retiring from the game in 2011. His honesty, commitment and tactical insight and analysis has shone while working at Sky Sports, and he possesses a no-nonsense character it would be easy to play for if he was a your manager.
Much has been made in the past of the fact not all ex-players-come-pundits have the tools to embark on a coaching or management career. I'm not sure if this is true. I think all capable football pundits, at least those that hail from a successful playing background, have the potential to coach, just as they have the potential to be a decent club manager.
A manager's strengths are in his personality, his ability to say the right things at the right time to get the most out of his players, to sum up any tactical insight in the most digestible format for his team. This is one area Neville has really shone, compared to the timid in comparison Giggs, Butt and Scholes, Neville is a dominant and authoritative leader, easily able to explain how the game should be played.
His management of Manchester United wouldn't be a complete surprise either, with punters helping him to similar odds as established names like Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola and Roberto Martinez.
Younger brother Phil Neville was part of Moyes' failed coaching setup at the club, and has been retained to join part of this group of players that came through the United youth academy in the early 90's. Gary Neville's coaching pedigree is equally in its infancy, but already more successful, having assisted England manager Roy Hodgson since 2012.
It may even be the case that Neville is being groomed to take over once Hodgson moves on, if that's the case, United have missed a trick because there would likely be no contest if the former right back had to choose between club and country.