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‘Valencia job great for Gary Neville’ – Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson has stated that he fully supports Gary Neville’s decision to become Valencia head coach. The former Manchester United and England defender, who has been part of the Three Lions coaching staff for the past three years, has taken charge of the La Liga side until the end of the season.

Neville will remain part of Hodgson’s coaching staff until the end of the Euro 2016 finals in France at the least, and the England boss has stated that the offer to manage Valencia is a great opportunity for the 40-year-old.

“I’m delighted that Gary has decided to take this excellent opportunity. It’s the right moment in time for him and I’m 100 per cent behind his decision to join Valencia as the new head coach. “As far as I’m concerned, this will be an extra string to his bow and the experience he will gain working in the Spanish league can only be beneficial to our work together with the England team.

“Gary’s commitment to The FA’s preparations for Euro 2016 will not be in any way affected by the fact that he will be coaching abroad during the next five months. “As someone who has spent a large part of my coaching career working abroad, I salute his decision and hope he gains as much from his time in Spain as I have done from the various countries which I have worked.”

Neville will work alongside brother Phil Neville, who had been part of predecessor Nuno Espirito Santo’s coaching team, at the Mestalla Stadium.

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