Thursday, May 24, 2012

Neville will Pull no Punches

Having recently been named as part of Roy Hodgson’s back room team, Gary Neville has insisted that he will be frank and honest with the players, promising not to shirk difficult discussions, if they are needed.

The former Manchester United and England right back, who retired from playing in February 2011, said: "I believe in honesty and, if a football player makes a mistake, he has potentially a billion people watching it around the world, depending on what game it is.”

As a player, Neville was a divisive character, whose passion for the red half of Manchester often drew derision from opposing fans.

Since his retirement, he has gained a reputation as a top-drawer TV pundit: "When I signed for Sky Sports, there were a lot of questions asked about me, about me being a Manchester United player for 20 years, being friends with a lot of the changing room."

In the last season, however, Neville has shown great tactical insight, as well as impartiality, during a very tense Premier League title run-in. He is now respected, if not liked, by the majority of viewers.

Neville represented England 85 times, playing alongside a number of the current squad’s key men including Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, and Steven Gerrard.

If Neville is to be a successful coach, then he will need to be as honest with his former teammates in the dressing room, as he has been behind the TV cameras. If Neville is able to adapt to coaching with the same ease that he took to punditry, then there is no doubt that he will be a great success.

The first real test for Gary Neville as a coach will come in Euro 2012; Roy Hodgson’s men take on France in their opening Group D encounter on 11th June. A draw is the most likely result, according to the Euro 2012 Group D betting site.

If you are lucky for an outsider to place your money on, this summer, look no further than the Betfair Russia Euro 2012 odds page.

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