Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal is happy for Gary Neville after he took the Valencia job.
Neville’s assistant manager at the Mestalla Stadium will be his younger brother Phil Neville – another Class of ’92 graduate – and the pair will take charge of their first match together during next week’s important UEFA Champions League tie against Lyon.
Van Gaal stated: “Valencia is a very big club in Spain with a lot of history and titles also,”
“It is a big step and a big challenge for him, so I am very happy but also curious to see how he does.”
“It is not easy to do that in a foreign country – it is very difficult.”
“Okay, he has his brother who is speaking fluently in Spanish, but still, it is a big challenge and I wish him a lot of luck – he will need luck.”
Asked if the language barrier will be the toughest challenge for Neville, Van Gaal said: “No, you also have culture dimensions that are difficult to understand.”
“I have to adapt as a manager to the culture of England and these dimensions do not always fit to your way of thinking, but you have to do it.”