Gary Neville was officially unveiled as Valencia manager this afternoon at a press conference in the club’s Mestalla Stadium.
The former Manchester United right-back has left his role as a Sky Sports pundit to take up the role on an initial six-moth deal, but will continue in his role as a coach with the England national team at Euro 2016.
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But whilst Neville spoke of his excitement at the opportunity on offer, and the chance to work with his brother Phil, he has revealed that the biggest challenge on the horizon will be learning Spanish, and that problem has been compounded by the fact that he can’t find a tutor who gets up as early as he does.
In fact, he told journalists that he would ideally need to find a teacher who takes classes at 6AM.
He said: “If id have turned down this job, I could have said goodbye to credibility in football because it’s a massive club and I’m honoured and proud to be here.
“Spanish will be my biggest challenge.
“I will take lessons every day
“I can’t find a teacher at the moment who gets up at 6am every day so if you know someone then let me know!
“Philip’s spanish, in terms of communicating with the players, is fantastic and that’s what I want to get to.”
Neville also revealed that he will have minimal involvement with the club that he part owns in the UK, Salford City, whilst he is in charge of the La Liga club, adding: “Obviously I have a lot of interest in them but I’m fully focused on this challenge in front of me.
“Salford City has a 14-person committee, a coaching staff and three other owners who live near the ground.
“My input, in that sense, is minimal.
“The club runs itself in many ways.”
Neville won’t be on the bench for Saturday’s match against Barcelona, but will be in charge for the Champions League match against Lyon three days later.