England manager Roy Hodgson thinks Gary Neville wants to return to management, but where should he manage next?
Roy Hodgson believes that Gary Neville will return to management despite the miserable time he had in Valencia earlier this season.
Hodgson said: “I think that he would like to get into management, of course, but I think he’d also be happy if we stayed the same and not just jump at the first management job, if you like, that comes his way.
“He likes working for England very much, we have a very good relationship. We think the team behind the team is a good one in terms of the way we complement each other and the different ages and so on.
“You’d have to ask him, but at the moment I think he’s quite happy to be back in England. He has got a lot on his plate, he has got a lot of projects and certainly working with England would be one of them if we were to continue.
“He has only just got back from his stay in Spain, so the last time I spoke to him he seemed happy to just be back and prepare for the Euros.”
We’ve had a look at where Neville might choose as his next managerial destination, should Hodgson be correct about a return to management.
Everton – like almost every club – wants to think that it has a fine tradition of attacking football. At times, of course, this has been true, but for much of the Premier League they’ve been a workmanlike side, not only under David Moyes(incidentally, their best manager of the last 20 years).
Roberto Martinez has given them attractive football, but it has come at the cost of defensive disarray and a recent drop in application from players. Neville might offer them an upgrade, without sacrificing the aesthetic.
Neville has said that he would model himself on Mauricio Pochettino. Pochettino has shown at Spurs that you don’t have to compromise defensive discipline to play effective and entertaining football.
After having his stock severely dented by a disastrous, if brief, time in Valencia, he might have to accept that another chance in top-flight football won’t come unless he proves himself lower down. If Newcastle drop into the Championship, logically then losing Rafael Benitez, then Newcastle might prove the opportunity to access Premier League football if he could achieve promotion.
While not exactly the same, his spells at Manchester United, England and Valencia have prepared him for the pressure of managing a big club, and the culture shock of Newcastle would not come close to that in Spain.
Roy Hodgson has perfected a mixture of solidity and excitement in his qualifying performances, and drab and dispiriting lethargy in his tournament attempts. While there’s optimism for England’s chances at Euro 2016, if not to win then to impress, there’s a chance that whatever happens at the tournament Hodgson will choose to retire. At 68, he might consider himself too old for the next World Cup.
Neville would be favourite to take over, knowing the squad and the mechanics of the FA, and would also be up against weak contenders for the job. Eddie Howe and Alan Pardew would be his rivals from the Premier League, and Gareth Southgate would be a laughably underwhelming prospect for most fans.
Manchester United’s English defender Gary Neville (L) embraces Manchester United’s Welsh midfielder Ryan Giggs – AFP
No, not as manager. Should United decide to go in-house then it would almost certainly go to Ryan Giggs, who has long been suggested by elements at Old Trafford. However, it would be no surprise were he brought in by Giggs, his business partner.
There’s also a chance that, should Van Gaal be moved on in the summer, that United would bring in someone else other than Giggs as his replacement. IfLaurent Blanc arrived, or Jose Mourinho, then Giggs could depart in frustration, leaving room for Neville to sit alongside the similarly mardy-looking Rui Faria.