Roy Hodgson: Neville’s appointment as Valencia coach will benefit England

Roy Hodgson has welcomed Gary Neville’s appointment as Valencia coach – and is adamant that it can only benefit England ahead of the Euro 2016 finals in France.
“I’m delighted that Gary has decided to take this excellent opportunity. It’s the right moment in time for him and I’m 100 per cent behind his decision to join Valencia as the new head coach,” said Hodgson after learning of the news of Neville’s appointment as coach of the Liga club until the end of the season.
While Neville has stepped down from his role as a pundit with Sky Sports, he will continue to work alongside Hodgson and Ray Lewington with the national squad.
He was appointed to the England coaching staff by Hodgson ahead of the Euro 2012 finals.
“As far as I’m concerned, this will be an extra string to his bow and the experience he will gain working in the Spanish league can only be beneficial to our work together with the England team,” said Hodgson.
“Gary’s commitment to The FA’s preparations for Euro 2016 will not be in any way affected by the fact that he will be coaching abroad during the next five months.
“As someone who has spent a large part of my coaching career working abroad, I salute his decision and hope he gains as much from his time in Spain as I have done from the various countries which I have worked. Like the rest of the England coaching staff, ”
“Gary will be fully committed to preparing for the Euros in France and our friendly matches which begin in March against Germany and Holland. I wish him and his brother Phil the very best of luck as they prepare for their first match versus Lyon in the Champions League.”

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