Former Manchester United star Gary Neville has been surprisingly named as the head coach of La Liga side Valencia.
The ex-England defender and assistant coach will initially handle the club till the end of the current season.
Valencia, where Gary’s brother Phil is an assistant coach, announced the shock appointment on their official website on Wednesday, writing: “Valencia CF have today appointed Gary Neville as Head Coach until the end the season.
“He will officially take charge of the first team on Sunday 6 December ahead of the UEFA Champions League match against Lyon at Mestalla on Wednesday 9 December.”
Valencia CF President Layhoon Chan said: “We are delighted to have secured Gary so quickly: He combines top level coaching experience through his role as a senior coach with the England national team and a world-class playing career with England and Manchester United.
“Throughout his career Gary has always shown great leadership both on and off the pitch. He is hugely respected in English football and it was his personal qualities which persuaded us that he was the right choice to lead Valencia until the end of the season.”
Gary Neville said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity with Valencia. Valencia are a huge football club of immense standing and I know from my time as a player the passion and dedication of the Valencia fans.
“I am really looking forward to working with the club’s talented group of players and am excited about the challenge ahead.”
A press conference with Layhoon Chan and Gary Neville will be held on Thursday afternoon, 4 p.m. at Mestalla Stadium.