Ex-Manchester United and Everton star Phil Neville reveals Brighton & Hove Albion approach

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Former Manchester United and Everton star Phil Neville explains why he turned down the chance to manage Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer.

Former Manchester United and Everton star Phil Neville has revealed that he was approached by Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer.

Neville was United’s first-team coach last season and apparently impressed the Championship outfit.

Brighton were looking for a full-time manager at the time and approached Neville, who has explained why he decided to turn down the Seagulls’ advances.

“I keep seeing managers getting sacked, not being given time, being treated like s**t, being hung out to dry,” the 37-year-old told The Daily Mail.

“I got offered a job in the summer – Brighton – and I turned it down, and people close to me thought I was stupid.

“But if I’m going to do something I need to be good at it. I need to have done all the qualifications. I need to get enough experience under my belt.

“Right now I just don’t think it’s for me. One, because I don’t think I’m ready. I’m doing the Pro Licence at the moment but I don’t have enough experience. I’ve not done enough hours in the trenches.

“I’ve signed a two-year contract with the BBC and I see it as part of my learning. And there may be another path for me.”

Neville seems interested in managing a club, but at the moment he is happy learning the trade. It seems a very intelligent way of doing things instead of rushing into taking up on an offer.

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