By Chris Wright
Woo. Did not see that coming.
Days after seeing his ‘Barbie Dream Hotel’ plans approved, the good news continues to flood in for Gary Neville, who has been appointed as a coach on Roy Hodgson’s England staff on a four-year contract with the FA. Neville holds both UEFA ‘A’ and ‘B’ coaching licenses which means that he’s good to go for EURO 2012.
“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.”
“Gary has achieved so much in the game as a player with Manchester United and England,” said Hodgson. “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 man’s been talking a lot sense since landing the Sky Sports punditry gig, let’s hope he applies the same logic.
Question is, will Phil be next?