Phil Neville EXCLUSIVE: I’m leaving Valencia and want to be a manager, but I could never turn down Manchester United
Phil Neville has told talkSPORT he wants to take on a managerial role, although he has admitted he could never turn down Manchester United if he was approached to be an assistant.
The former Red Devils defender started his coaching career in 2013, working under David Moyes at Old Trafford, before taking up a similar role with La Liga side Valencia.
The 39-year-old was promoted to assistant manager when Gary Neville was named boss, but following the ending of the season, and the confirmation that Pako Ayestaran will remain head coach next season, Neville has confirmed he will leave Valencia.
Speaking to Colin Murray, the ex-England international said: “They have named Pako Ayestaran as the new head coach, so I’ll be leaving Valencia.
“It’s been a fantastic year, but when a new manager comes in he obviously wants to bring his own staff. As good as it’s been, I understand you need to bring your own staff in, so I think I’ll be leaving Valencia in the next week or two.
“It’s been a fantastic year, and I’ve learned so much.”
Having spent a few years learning the ropes in a backroom role, Neville now wants to branch out and start his management career properly – although he has admitted he would never be able to turn down Manchester United if they offered him an assistant role.
He added: “You could never turn down going back to Man United, but Jose’s got his own staff and there are staff already at United. I’m sure that won’t happen – and I’ve not had the call anyway!
“In terms of my next step, unless it’s something really special, I think I’d like to go on my own and do my own thing.
“I went out to Valencia to create my own pathway and to keep my individual learning going, and that’s where I see it really.
“Rather than going back in as an assistant or a first-team coach, even though there may be opportunities to do that, in my ideal world I’d like to be on my own and continue my development on my own.”