By Spain correspondent Miguel de Souza
Gary Neville has been named Valencia manager until the end of the season, the Spanish club confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
It is the former England and Manchester United star’s first managerial role following a two-year spell working as an England coach under Roy Hodgson.
Neville has agreed a five-month contract with Valencia and will continue his role in Hodgson’s set-up.
He will be unveiled by Valencia at a press conference on Thursday.
“Valencia are a huge football club of immense standing,” Neville said in a statement. “I’m absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity. I’m really looking forward to working with a talented group of players and I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead.”
It will mean Neville ending his successful association as a pundit and co-commentator for Sky Sports, where he has worked since retiring as a player in 2011.
The former Manchester United captain is set to link up with brother Phil, who has been on the coaching staff at Valencia since the summer and was named co-caretaker following Nuno’s decision last week to step down as manager. Phil’s role has yet to be confirmed.
The Nevilles have a connection to the Spanish side through owner Peter Lim, the Singaporean businessman who bought a stake in Salford City from the brothers and their former Manchester United team-mates Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt.
Gary Neville is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time, having won 20 trophies including eight Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns.
He spent his entire playing career at Old Trafford – making more than 600 appearances – and won 85 England caps.
England boss Hodgson had tipped the former defender, whose international career spanned more than a decade, to eventually make the move into management.
“He’ll become a very fine manager in time,” said Hodgson, speaking earlier this year. “I think he’s a very good coach now. He’ll become an even better coach with experience. He’ll enjoy working with players. I think players will enjoy working with him. He’d be a loss to England.”