Phil Neville is in talks with Valencia but has not been appointed their new assistant manager despite claims on the contrary coming out of the club last weekend. They actually announced Neville’s appointment on their official website, but he told the BBC that while talks are ongoing, there is a way to go before any deal is done.

SPORT PHIL ON THE WAY

Neville was a coach at Manchester United under David Moyes and has been working as a television pundit. He would replace Scot Ian Cathro, who is set to join Steve McClaren’s backroom staff at Newcastle.

Valencia boss Nuno has praised Neville’s “extensive experience” and “knowledge”, adding that he will fit into the team’s philosophy. Valencia owner Peter Lim has a stake in Salford City, the non-league club co-owned by Neville with his former Manchester United team-mates Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes. Valencia finished fourth in La Liga last season and will take part in qualifying for this season’s Champions League.

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