Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has revealed special details about his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson in his playing days at Old Trafford.
The Welshman spoke highly of the control Ferguson had during his time as coach of the Red Devils. Giggs said no manager will have as much influence as Ferguson did.
Other managers could have done a lot of things to their players but the lifelong United player said nothing other managers did can be compared to Ferguson’s.
“Fergie was scary and even now he still scares me. I still call him boss because he just has that aura about him. He had that little cough and as soon as you heard that, walking down the corridor at the training ground, you’d dive in a doorway to get out of his way,” Giggs said, describing the situation then.
“I was always wary of him because he had that ability to turn up at your house – and he sometimes did. But he did it all for you and he had so many other great qualities,” Giggs added.
Giggs also shared how dangerous it was to argue with the former top boss as someone who had the final say in matters.
“There was no point trying to argue with him. I did argue back twice, but it didn’t go well,” Giggs said.
Giggs disclosed that when he argue with Ferguson in a game against Juventus away, the Scot substituted him instantly and that he did it again as the adrenalin always had effects. He claimed David Beckham used to hush him when he was talking back at Ferguson, knowing the implication but he always went ahead to say a bit. Giggs attributed some of Ferguson’s success to the complete control he had, and says managers now have it more difficult due to the environment they work in
Giggs named Cristiano Ronaldo as the best he played with, despite meeting a number of top stars like Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes and the rest. Giggs also made mention of Cantona’s free rein at Old Trafford under Fergsuon.
Jose Mourinho’s 3 opening matches as the head coach of Manchester United were impressive ones for the Portugal head coach and his squad as they sealed 3 successive victories after defeating Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City.
However, things quickly took a turn for the worst as Manchester United began to drop points on a consistent basis after losing against Manchester City and 8 days later suffering another defeat against Watford.
The drop of points continued later on for Jose Mourinho and his team as they drew against Stoke City, Liverpool and Burnley as well as also suffering another defeat with Chelsea.
After this string of negative and underwhelming results, this has led to Manchester United to slipping down in the Premier League and with 10 league matches having been played at this point in time; they are currently located at the 8th spot.
Gary Neville says that he knows what Jose Mourinho needs in order to stop this streak of mediocrity as the former Manchester United player said: “I think at the moment he’s the one that’s getting put under pressure, but nothing that two or three wins won’t change.
‘’At the moment you're not quite sure that Jose Mourinho knows his best team and that he trusts his players fully yet. They had enough chances to win the game against Burnley. I think at the moment he's the one that's getting put under pressure, but nothing that two or three wins won't change. I think when he was at Chelsea there’s all that talk he’d lost the dressing room. There’s nothing like that happening at Manchester United.”
Neville believes that Jose Mourinho still has not gained enough trust and confidence with his squad at Old Trafford and this is one of the reasons of why Gary Neville thinks that Manchester United has been disappointing so much in the past few weeks.
It is increasingly appearing that a mole is working behind the Manchester United’s manager back at the moment.
Indeed there has been some information released to the media that could not have been done by an outside source. Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has urged Jose Mourinho to get rid of the mole if he wants to remain as manager of the team.
There has been heavy criticism in recent times after Manchester United have lost three games in a row. The Portuguese manager has said that it is the players that are to be blame for the defeat as they are the ones making the mistakes on the pitch.
Gary Neville stated that he does not understand why there are leaks already happening so early in the season. He believes that the manager should be given time to change the team after the bad experience with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
A recent article has suggested that some players are not happy with the way Jose Mourinho pressurized them, and they have been shocked by his hard approach in managing the team. Gary Neville believes that the Portuguese manager has his own principle when it comes to managing a team, and it is up to the players to adapt.
Gary Neville has urged the Portuguese manager to monitor media information closely so as not to allow additional media pressure to build. The former player believes that Jose Mourinho is the manager that Manchester United need at the moment, and he will surely turn the team around during the season.
He has urged fans to stay behind the team and to support the players irrespective of what happen. He is confident that Manchester United will come out strongly and will be able to challenge for the title this season.
Roy Hodgson has confirmed that his assistance Gary Neville and Ray Lewington will also step down from their respective positions in charge of the England national team with immediate effect.
They follow in the footsteps of Hodgson, who announced his resignation as the head coach of the England national team with immediate effect. The former Liverpool manager announced his exit from the national team after a very poor Euro 2016. England were hoping to at least reach the quarter-finals of the competition and it would have kept Hodgson in the job.
However, they suffered yet another humiliation at a major tournament but this time at the hands of minnows Iceland, who engineered a spectacular 2-1 victory in the round of last 16. Hodgson has now been in charge of the national team for the last three major international tournaments. Only the Euro 2012 offers some joy for the manager in terms of his CV. Gary Neville recently received the sack from his full-time managerial position at Valencia after having lasted less than six months at the club. He has now exited the national team with immediate effect and his next move still remains unclear.
The former Manchester United right back learn from one of the best in the business, but he has struggled to apply at the start of his managerial career."Ray and Gary have asked me to speak on their behalf.They came with me as part of my coaching team and they will leave with me. I would like to thank all the supporters, staff, the FA and the fans.It has been a fantastic journey and one that I will look back on the four years with pride. I want to thank the media for the support you have given me," said Hodgson after announcing his resignation.
Current assistant manager of the English national team, Gary Neville, is set to return to his old job when the Euro 2016 ends.
There are reports in the English camp that the former Manchester United star defender will accept Sky’s open-ended invitation to come back after the team’s involvement in Euro 2016 is over.
Neville left the football station last season despite having the reputation as the game’s best analyst to try his hand at management with Valencia. In Spain, he had a terrible stay as he could only lead the team to only 10 victories out of 28 games in a four-month spell before his sacking.
There were lots of rumours but he has kept it aside, focusing on the tournament. He faced his part-time role with England since then along with his varied business interests that include co-ownership of non-League Salford and Hotel Football next door to Old Trafford. But the reports now reveal that the revered Pundit will take back his old job with Sky, and that the station would welcome him with open hands. He is set to join up with Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football, on which their dissection of the weekend’s Premier League games took football punditry to new heights.
However, with Ed Chamberlin going to ITV, Neville would be working with a new presenter in Dave Jones.
After the disappointing game with Slovakia, the coach gave the team some downtime. Neville was pictured cycling around the city. Other players were pictured relaxing during the two day short break. England will face Iceland in the next round of games, according to the pairings from UEFA. Iceland finished in fifth place in group F, just behind group leaders on same five points, Hungary.
Former Manchester United, Gary Neville joined others at the James Bay charity dinner.
The whole England squad were thrilled by renditions at the event held at St Albans. Gary Neville joined Wayne Rooney as both of them thrilled the audience. The 30-year-old England skipper belted out a rendition of Bay's top 10 hit Hold Back the River while the Three Lions assistant boss played the guitar.
The audience was pictured laughing hysterically at the event organized by the England Footballers Foundation (EFF) event. The EFF was set up in 2007 to allow England internationals to donate their match fees to charitable causes, with The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, Help for Heroes, and The PFA’s charitable initiatives the main beneficiaries. The entire England men national squad attended with other invited guests, notable amongst them is Brazilian former world footballer of the year, Pele. The legend was pictured taking selfies with the members of the team.
Rooney scored a goal in the international friendly played on Friday. The goal was his 52nd as he scored coming off the bench as The Three Lions won another of their pre euro 2016 warm up games. Marcus Rashford showed his goal scoring ability when he scored via a fine effort early in the game. Rooney doubled the lead with his strike from the edge of the area, after the first half had ended with the 1-0 lead from Rashford.
Manager Roy Hodgson will cut two players of the provisional list in a bid to have a final 23-man team to play at the continental tournament. Doubts remain over the fitness of Daniel Sturridge due to his injury concerns. England will play Portugal in their final warm-up match at Wembley on Thursday prior to their scheduled flight to France.
Former Manchester United skipper, Gary Neville, may never return to Sky Sports following his sack after a short spell in charge of Spanish Club, Valencia.
In Early December, Gary Neville was unveiled as the head coach in a surprise appointment. One of television's premier football pundits had to leave Sky Sports' Monday Night Football and everyone mourned the loss. This was Neville’s first foray into team management and it was very unspectacular as he was sacked just four months later following poor performance with an 18 win percentage.
Since leaving the Mestalla in March, there have been lots of rumors making the rounds that the popular pundit could be set for a swift return to the Sky Sports studios. The 41-year-old has been told that he would be accepted with open arms if he decided to return to his former job.
The Managing Director of Sky Sports, Barnley Francis, in an interview when asked about Gary Neville said:
“When Lionel Messi hangs up the boots at Barcelona, they are not going to replace him with Lionel Messi II, they’ll replace him with somebody different.
“We’ve had a great relationship and he knows that we will talk at the right time.
“But right now, he’s focused on doing the best job for England at the Euros,” Francis said.
Gary Neville partnered well with Jamie Carragher to lit up Sky Sports' Monday Night Football. Since Neville’s departure, Sky Sports have so far failed to permanently him.
Carragher sent Twitter into mild hysteria his week when he tweeted this ahead of Monday's programme.
“MNF is back tonight! A man who had a spell in Spain & came back earlier than expected will join us tonight!!”
The teaser worked as many were looking forward to see Neville again but the player eventually was none other than former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder, Cesc Fabregas.
Gary Neville will focus his attention on making preparations as Roy Hodgson’s assistant ahead of the European Championship in France this summer, with England hoping to end fifty years of hurt by returning as champions.
The former Manchester United right back must put his personal anguish aside for the greater good of his country, with the 41-year-old recently losing his job at Valencia following a poor run of form. He showed real humility and honesty in admitting that his record at the Mestalla was not of the standard that the club, and he himself, demanded, although it could be argued that the problems at Valencia runs much deeper than at managerial level.
Neville will certainly have learnt from his experience in Spain, and while Coral may include him in the odds race to replace Hodgson when the 68-year-old decides to call it a day, the England manager will look to his right-hand man to provide the guidance and assistance he needs to mount a strong challenge during Euro 2016.
Having a person who won eighty-five caps for England, and played under one of the best managers ever to grace the game in Sir Alex Ferguson during nineteen hugely successful years at Manchester United, as the assistant team manager has made an immediate improvement to performances on the pitch.
The entire England setup deserve praise for qualifying for Euro 2016 with a 100% record, and although critics will point to the fact that the group was relatively weak and posed no real challenge, you can only beat what is in front of you. Neville’s friendly and warming persona has certainly been welcomed by the players, who are reported to share an excellent relationship with an assistant manager with a bright mind and eye for detail in terms of tactics and coaching methods.
This bond will have to remain strong if England are to fulfil their position as one of the strong favourites, with ardent fans likely to back the team through Euro 2016 betting at Coral to go all the way. Neville will play a big role in trying to keep the players focused and in good spirits, particularly with the younger players who may hold the key to England’s chances this summer.
England certainly have the quality and talent within the squad to not only progress from Group B which contains Russia, Wales and Slovakia, but also make a strong case for the latter stages. Neville may have played in teams in the past which promised so much yet failed to deliver, but while expectation levels appear to be much lower than has been the case in previous tournaments, excellent performances in recent international friendlies against France and Germany provide signs of encouragement.
Dele Alli, Ross Barkley and Eric Dier have all shown maturity beyond their years in England colours, while Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy have brought their superb goal-scoring form from the Premier League onto the international stage.
England are certainly reaping the benefits of selecting players who are high in confidence, and it will be up to Neville and Hodgson to ensure that those that are selected in the 23-man squad are not only fit and ready to go after a long domestic season for their respective clubs, but also handle the pressure of representing their country at a major international tournament.
This is where Neville will play a crucial role this summer, and while the likes of Germany, France and Spain are considered stronger favourites than England in the latest Euro 2016 betting odds, the assistant manager will want to see the team play with passion, commitment and belief that might take them all the way.
Gary Neville has been one of the reasons for several wins that Valencia has experienced this season.
Out of the 16 league games played by Valencia, Neville helped the team win three of them. A new deal is now being offered to Neville. There are iconic moments captured of the team’s win. However the defeat by Celta has been hard on him. Gary looked on as his team lost to Celta with a score of 2-0.
There were chants from the fans that Neville should leave the team after the defeat. But Gary is holding on. He continues to play till the season ends, but the extension might not happen unless there are unexpected surprises and performances that make the management rethink their plans.
Neville has helped the team win in many instances, but that might not be enough to get him an extension. There would be a meeting with the club owners in April when the five month deal between the club and he would be discussed. Neville might be offered a new deal based on how the season ends. In case Neville feels that he does not deserve an extension he will not expect the same. The relationship between the club and Neville has been a smooth one.
The owner is a business partner and friend of Neville and they are both willing to come up with a solution that will be best for everyone. Gary did instigate disappointment among his fans for the defeat of Celta team and for that reason; his initial decision to go back to England has been stalled. He will complete his season with Valencia and try and up the performance level to help the team reach a better position by the end of the season.
It’s been less than 4 months since Gary Neville was appointed as the head coach of Valencia but his time in charge of the Spanish team could already be reaching it’s end as Neville has not been able to secure a single league win since taking charge of the club back in December of 2015.
So far, all the results that Neville has sealed have been either draws or defeats and their latest result hasn’t been a good one as they lost against the relegation threatened team Sporting Gijon.
This match was played in the home ground of Valencia in the Mestalla Stadium and even though it was the team of Gary Neville that managed to have the upper hand in terms of possession and total shots that were shots, they failed to actually score and a 2nd half penalty goal from Antonio Sanabria of Sporting Gijon was enough for the visiting team to claim the victory and collect all 3 points.
With this hugely surprising result and underwhelming performance, it’s now being rumored that Gary Neville is on the brink of being sacked as the fans and the head chiefs of the Spanish club have lost their patience and trust in Neville who hasn’t managed to win a single league match since taking charge of the club and this is something that Valencia can’t afford to do as they are continuously dropping points.
When Gary Neville was asked about the defeat that his team sustained against Sporting Gijon and why did they lost after having controlled the game for such a long period of time, Neville replied by saying that he was stunned and surprised about the final result.
“I’ve just sat there with some of the players and some of the coaching staff for 15 minutes trying to work out what just happened. We were the better team from the first minute to the last minute’’ Gary Neville said and he continued on saying that this result was the most disappointing that he has suffered in the entire season so far.