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Gary Neville Valencia: Fergie gives his ex-Man United captain backing ahead of venture into management

Gary Neville has been the talk of the footballing world today after his shock appointment as manager of Spanish giants Valencia on a contract until the end of the 2015-16 season.

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The Manchester United legend has conquered the sport as a player, a pundit and an owner, and will now try his crack at management, joining brother Phil Neville at the Spanish giants from this Sunday.

Will G Nev be as successful as gaffer as he has been in the other facets of his career? He couldn’t have had a better mentor in Sir Alex Ferguson, who has backed his former captain to do the business.

“Gary has many attributes that suggest he will be successful in management. His leadership skills are strong, he’s honest and he’s hard working,” Ferguson told Sky Sports.

“He is the type of character who is not afraid of making big decisions, which is a vital skill when leading. I think he’ll do well and I wish him, and his brother Phil, good luck.”

Neville spent the entirety of his playing days under Ferguson’s management at Old Trafford – winning eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and the Champions League twice.

Upon his retirement, Neville made a very popular transition into TV punditry with Sky Sports, alongside his coaching role with the England men’s team. But his next challenge could be his biggest.

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