Monday, May 14, 2012

Roy Hodgson appoints Gary Neville to England backroom staff

The former Manchester United captain has joined the newly-appointed Three Lions boss' coaching team, with the Sky Sports pundit signing a four-year contract



England manager Roy Hodgson has appointed former Manchester United defender Gary Neville to his coaching staff.

Neville, who has been working as a commentator with Sky Sports since his retirement towards the end of last season, has signed a four-year contract with the FA.

The 37-year-old will now join up with fellow coaches Ray Lewington, Ray Clemence and Dave Watson in time for Euro 2012 .

Hodgson told the FA's official website: "Gary has achieved so much in the game as a player with Manchester United and England.

"He has obtained UEFA coaching qualifications and will be tremendously respected by the players because of his vast experience as a player.

"At my first meeting with The FA, I explained that  Gary was someone I wanted as part of my staff. I think it is very important we have a younger coach who knows the dressing room and is very experienced at international level.

"That he has represented England as a player at five major finals tournaments will make him an invaluable member of staff."

The Bury-born defender is England's most capped right-back with 85 appearances and holds Uefa A and B coaching licences.

He won a host of titles during his time with United - including the Premier League and Champions League - as well as representing England at five major tournaments.

Neville said: "Roy asking me to be a part of his staff and to work with the national team is not only an honour but a very special moment for me.

"I had absolutely no hesitation in accepting this role and I am relishing the opportunity to work alongside Roy and the team at the Euros and through to the next two tournaments." 



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