Valencia’s assistant coach Phil Neville has left the Spanish club following the appointment of Pako Ayestaran on a full time basis.
Pako replaced Phil Neville’s brother Gary when he was sacked during the season and Phil has announced he will not continue as an assistant in the club as he is looking to go into full time management.”I think obviously with the naming of Pako as the manager, I think I will be leaving the club and looking for other opportunities,” Neville told PA Sport.
“There are opportunities out there and that is where we are at. It has been a fantastic year but, you know, in football new managers come in, they want to bring their own staff.It’s football. Hopefully in the future when I am a manager, I will want to bring my own staff with me.That is the case now and it’s time for me to leave Valencia and to grab hold of other opportunities that are going to come my way.”
Neville “loved every minute” of his time with Valencia but is now looking to step into management, with the completion of his Pro Licence just a few weeks away.”You’ve got to do your process, do all your work and learn about how to be a manager,” he added.I am still learning, I am still young in term of managerial experience, but the last three years I’ve gathered a lot of information.I just feel at the moment maybe my next job I think I’ll probably want to go on my own and be my own man, back myself and my own ability”.
“It has been one of the best experiences – and not just of my footballing career. The lifestyle, we’ve embraced the culture and I said to the president the other day when I spoke to him about my future, we both agreed that one day I want to go back to Valencia.It is a magical, magical city, a fantastic football club and La Liga is the best league in the world to work in.I loved every minute of it. To come away from the experience with a language under your belt, with the experience that I’ve had this year would probably take people five years to experience.Three or four different managers, unrest with supporters, situations with players, playing against Barcelona and getting beaten 7-0 – these are experiences you can’t buy.You can go on every course in the world that you want, but you can’t buy the experience I’ve had this year.”