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Neville has no plans to manage

July 14, 2012
By ESPN staff

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has outlined that he has no plans to go into management.

Gary Neville
GettyImagesGary Neville was appointed as England coach by Roy Hodgson

Neville, 37, has worked as a television pundit after retiring from football in 2011, while he was handed a coaching role for England for their Euro 2012 campaign.

He enjoyed his time in Poland and Ukraine but the experience has not inspired him to pursue a career as a head coach, although the ex-England international remains excited by what the future holds.

"I really enjoyed it," he said of his Euro 2012 experience. "Who would not enjoy being part of a tournament? It was an incredible experience for me.

"But I am acutely aware it is only the very beginning. I am ambitious and young and I want to learn more.

"I have no aspiration to be a football manager. I want to do what I am doing and make as big an impact as I can."

England exited Euro 2012 at the quarter-final stage, losing on penalties to Italy, and Neville concedes his nation still has a long way to go before they are competing to win tournaments.

"There is no point in kidding ourselves," said Neville. "We are not quite at the same level as Spain, Italy, Portugal and Germany.

"We are difficult to beat and hopefully over this next four years the manager can get his principles across to the players and we can do better.

"But the reality is there are a lot of nations out there who have very good football players and we have to be respectful of our position."