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Man United legend urges club not to sack Van Gaal

Former Man United defender Gary Neville has urged the club not to sack manager Louis van Gaal, even if they fail to finish in the Premier League's top four.

Neville wants continuity at Man United. Credit: PA

Van Gaal was brought to Old Trafford with the task of dragging them back into the Champions League at the first time of asking following a dismal campaign under David Moyes.

Speaking to talkSPORT during Tuesday's Drive show, Neville said:

Louis van Gaal should not be sacked [if they finish outside the top four]. It would be a terrible season for Man United and Louis van Gaal. He would probably say it was a big failure because he knows his job this season.

He has to get in the Champions League but, on the other hand, if he didn’t, no, you can’t just sack a manager one year and then sack another manager the year after. Where do you go from there?

There has to be a level of continuity. I absolutely believe this time there will be continuity at Man United and they will stand by him even if he doesn’t finish in the top four and that’s the right thing to do.

– Gary Neville speaking to talkSPORT

Neville: Middle East deserves to host World Cup

Gary Neville has backed the recommendation by a Fifa task force to stage the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November and December.

Neville is backing the 2022 World Cup in the Middle East. Credit: PA

Speaking on talkSPORT's Drive show, which Neville is co-hosting today, the England coach and former Three Lions defender described the idea that the Premier League wouldn't cope with the havoc caused as "garbage."

The idea that the Premier League will never get back on track is garbage.

Does the Middle East deserve a World Cup? Yes. Should it be played in 45 degree heat? No.

– England coach Gary Neville speaking to talkSPORT


Man United legend Gary Neville considering move from punditry into football management

Gary Neville will decide in the next 18 months whether he wants to quit his job as a television pundit and go into management.

Would Neville make a top class manager? Credit: PA

Neville has become a popular and respected pundit since he retired from football and signed with Sky four years ago.

His views have been so well-received that he has been tipped to go into management and he already has a coaching role within the England set-up.

And Neville is not ruling out moving into football management, it seems. When asked during a Twitter Q&A whether he would consider becoming a manager, the former Manchester United captain said: "I have a decision to make in the next 18 months."

Neville, who played 602 times for United, currently holds his UEFA A and B coaching licences.

His brother Phil was part of David Moyes' coaching staff at United, but left soon after the Scot's dismissal last April.

Class of '92's Salford deal approved

The ex-Red Devils quintet agreed to take over the Evo-Stik Division One North club. Credit: PA

The acquisition of Salford City Football Club, partly-owned by former Manchester United stars Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, has been formally approved by the Football Association and the Northern Premier League.

Back in March the ex-Red Devils quintet agreed to take over the Evo-Stik Division One North club and in September Singaporean businessman Peter Lim - owner of Valencia - took a 50% share in the venture.

The final paperwork on their deal has now been completed after approval from the governing body and league. The management of the club on a day-to-day basis, as announced back in March, will remain the same.

Who are Salford City FC?

Non-league football team Salford City are set to be bought by five of Manchester United's most famous sons.

Messrs Giggs, Scholes, Butt, Neville and Neville have played in some of the world's grandest stadiums in their illustrious careers, but their prospective new club operates on a different level:

  • Founded in 1940 as Salford
  • Play at Moor Lane - capacity 1,400
  • Currently 11th in the Evo-Stick Northern Premier League Division One North - the eight tier of English football
  • Nicknamed the Ammies
  • No professional players
  • Play in orange


Gary Neville says Salford City name will not change

Gary Neville said on Twitter that he and his fellow investors had no plans to change the name, ground or management of Salford City FC, which he and four former Manchester United team-mates have agreed to buy.

There had earlier been rumours in some media that Paul Scholes would be appointed as the club's manager.

Butt and Scholes reunited in Salford City FC bid

Former Manchester United midfielders Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt have teamed up with three former team-mates in a bid to buy Salford City FC, who currently play in the eighth tier of English football.

Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt have coached Man Utd's youth team. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Scholes said: "We know it will be tough but we will be committed to this from the start and have some very exciting plans going forward."

Butt added: "Moor Lane's sporting heritage dates back 320 years, the oldest of it's type in the Manchester area and this should be safeguarded so it becomes a lasting legacy for future generations."

Neville brothers hail 'exciting' Salford City FC venture

Gary and Phil Neville said they were "excited" about a deal to buy Northern Premier League side Salford City.

Former England right-back Gary said: "I had my first trial for Manchester United in Salford at age 11 and I will never forget how important that was to me.

Phil and Gary Neville played together for Man Utd and England. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

"Salford City FC to me represents those early years, the commitment, hunger, enthusiasm, desire and spirit of football and I am very excited about this venture."

Younger brother Phil added: "It is important to safeguard the hard work that is done in the lower leagues and it is going to be exciting to be able to feed our experience into the young players."

Salford boy Giggs: 'This is what we believe in'

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has hailed his plan to buy his hometown club Salford City FC with four former team-mates.

"Everyone knows how important Salford is to me, so this is an exciting acquisition that is right at the heart of what we all believe in," said Giggs, who lived in Salford after leaving Wales aged six.

Ryan Giggs is the only one of the club's prospective owners still playing professional football. Credit: PA

"We want to engage the football community, use our football experience and knowledge to aspire and nurture young talent and being able to do that in Salford makes it even more exciting," he added.

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