IN FULL! Gary Neville: The football pundit and former player who is also a co-owner of Salford City
Gary Neville is one of the most influential voices in English football, as a pundit for Sky Sports and a co-owner of Salford City, a club that plays in the fourth tier of the English Football League. But before he became a media personality and a businessman, he was a legendary player for Manchester United and England, winning 20 trophies and earning 85 caps for his country.
Neville was born on 18 February 1975 in Bury, England. He joined Manchester United as an apprentice in 1991 and made his senior debut in 1992. He was part of the famous “Class of ’92”, a group of young players that included his brother Phil, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes, who went on to dominate English football in the 1990s and 2000s.
Neville played as a right-back and was known for his defensive solidity, leadership skills and crossing ability. He formed a formidable partnership with Beckham on the right flank, providing many assists for his teammates. He was also a vocal and passionate player, often clashing with rivals and celebrating goals with gusto.
Neville spent his entire playing career with Manchester United, making him a one-club man. He made 602 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals. He won eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups, two Champions League titles, one Intercontinental Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup. He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year five times and was appointed as club captain in 2005.
Neville made his international debut for England in 1995 and became the first-choice right-back for more than a decade. He represented England at three European Championships (1996, 2000 and 2004) and two World Cups (1998 and 2006). He is England’s most-capped right-back with 85 caps. He retired from international football in 2007.
Neville announced his retirement from football in 2011, after struggling with injuries and form. He then embarked on a new career as a pundit for Sky Sports, where he quickly gained a reputation for his insightful analysis, honest opinions and witty banter. He also became a co-owner of Salford City in 2014, along with his former teammates Giggs, Beckham, Butt and Scholes. The club has since risen from the eighth tier to the fourth tier of English football.
In 2015, Neville took his first managerial job at Valencia in Spain, where he was joined by his brother Phil as an assistant. However, he lasted only four months in charge, winning only three of his 16 league games and suffering a humiliating 7-0 defeat by Barcelona in the Copa del Rey. He returned to Sky Sports in 2016.
Neville is also involved in various business ventures, such as hotels, restaurants and education. He is married to Emma Hadfield and has two daughters. His sister Tracey is a former netball player and coach who led England to Commonwealth Games gold in 2018.
Gary Neville is one of the most respected figures in English football, as a pundit, a co-owner and a former player. He has achieved success at every level of the game and has shown his passion, intelligence and versatility throughout his career.