England’s former assistant coach Gary Neville, has hit out at FA chief executive Martin Glenn, for his comments about former players turning to punditry.
The former Manchester United full back spent 4 years as an assistant coach during Roy Hodgson’s England tenure, but left after the team’s dismal Euro 2016 showing in June.
He also spent 4 months in charge of Valencia last season but was sacked after picking up just three wins in 16 La Liga games.
During the summer, Glenn had remarked that retired players spurned coaching roles because careers in the media ‘are more interesting, more fun and more lucrative,’ but it’s something that Neville doesn’t agree with.
“I feel sad about the fact that Martin Glenn said a few months ago that all ex-players go into punditry for the money,” Neville told Sky Sports. “It’s not that simple, Martin. It’s not that simple. That’s an excuse; I don’t use excuses.
“He’s got to find the solution, not tell me the problem. Holland have got the solution. Ajax have got the solution. Barcelona have got the solution.”
Neville feels he was ‘chucked overboard’ after the FA had invested in him and feels with his stint as a manager of a La Liga club, he is the most experienced to date.
“I’m only 41 years of age, and yet you’re regarded as a sort of failure. The reality is that the investment has to come through defeat and victory,” he added.
Neville who has returned to Sky as a football pundit, also has interests in a number of places, including a co-ownership in non-league club Salford City and Hotel Football as well as a stake in several property developments, doesn’t feel he will have time to return to football management for the next five years or so.
“I always say ‘never say never’ because my love of football is too great, but I genuinely believe it will be very difficult for me to go back into coaching because of my commitment now to so many different things.”