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Neville: I've rejected managerial jobs

April 11, 2013
By Richard Jolly

England coach Gary Neville has revealed that he has rejected several managerial jobs since his retirement from playing.

Gary Neville
PA PhotosGary Neville hung up his boots in 2011

The former Manchester United captain has been a member of Roy Hodgson's backroom staff for the last year and said he was enjoying learning from an experienced manager.

But Neville said he was in no rush to take a club management job and was focusing on his punditry work, his job with England and the completion of his coaching badges.

"In terms of coaching and the managerial side, there have been two or three times in the last 18 months where I have been offered roles as a manager. It didn't feel right," Neville, speaking at the European Soccerex forum in Manchester, said.

However, Neville, who retired from playing in 2011 after 602 games with United and 85 England caps, said he had been preparing for his coaching career for years.

"I have completed my A Licence and am working on my Pro Licence," he explained.

"I love working with England. I am learning from working with Roy and Ray [Lewington, the former Watford manager who is part of the England coaching team].

"I progressed through my coaching licence when I was playing. I decided to do it from the age of 30-31 with Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Nicky Butt, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and my brother [Phil Neville]."