Gary Neville joins England coaching Staff
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The former England and Manchester United captain has signed a four-year contract with the Football Association and will join Roy Hodgson's coaching staff immediately.
The contract however still allows the Sky Sport’s pundit to continue with his role on the Sports channel. Neville will join Hodgson and the team next week as they begin their preparations for Euro 2012.
Neville said, "Roy asking me to be a part of his staff and to work with the national team is not only an honour but a very special moment for me, I had absolutely no hesitation in accepting this role."
He added "I am relishing the opportunity to work alongside Roy and the team at the Euros and through to the next two tournaments."
The 37-year-old defender holds the Uefa A and B coaching licences, earned 85 caps for the England and will team up with Hodgson's staff for this summer's Championship where his playing experience in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 tournaments will surely be used to full effect by Hodgon.
"He has obtained Uefa coaching qualifications and will be tremendously respected by the players because of his vast experience as a player. At my first meeting with The FA, I explained that Gary was someone I wanted as part of my staff. Said Hodgson.
"I think it is very important we have a younger coach who knows the dressing room and is very experienced at international level. That he has represented England as a player at five major tournaments will make him an invaluable member of staff."
He also captained Man United won every domestic honour in the game including the Champions League in 1999 and 2008, after ending retiring from United in the 2010-11 season, he went on a joined Sky Sports where is acclaimed football knowledge has been incredible.
As pundit, Neville is very outspoken and isn’t bias when commentating on games, throughout his career his criticised the FA at times, with an example being only last week he admitted that Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp should have been England manager.
Writing in his column for the Mail on Sunday, Neville said, "No one can deny that it was a shock on Sunday night when it became clear that Roy Hodgson had been approached to be England manager.
"Everyone had been lured into thinking that Harry Redknapp would get the job, and that is who I would have picked as my candidate.
"But once the initial surprise had gone and you examined their records, and their strengths and weaknesses side by side, it was impossible to say that Harry Redknapp's credentials were a million times better than Roy Hodgson's.
"They were both good candidates offering very different qualities for the job and you can make a good case for either.
"Though there has been a lot of negative reaction to the appointment of Hodgson in certain newspapers, I actually think that is going to work in his favour in rallying people behind him.
"When it comes to dealing with pressure, you don't get much more in club football than managing Inter Milan and Liverpool."