Manchester United's Gary Neville ready to leave football at the end of playing career

27 March 2009 08:29
The United captain, who missed virtually the entire 2008-09 campaign with calf and ankle injuries, banished fears over his long-term future by signing a new one-year deal at Old Trafford last month.

Neville, 34, has revealed that he has already started to plan for life after United by taking his coaching badges.

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Speaking to the Big Issue in the North, Neville said: "Part of me says I'd like to stay involved in the game, but another says I should do something else.

"It would nice to be able to take on a different challenge. I'd like to think I could do something else other than football, but the reality is that's what I've done since I was 16.

"I am doing my coaching badges, but whether anyone will want me as a coach or a manager I don't know.

"I don't know, even now so close to the end of my career, what will happen. But leaving Manchester United, in football terms, is like falling off the end of a cliff.

"I just hope there's something that I find exciting and can enjoy, and in which I retain the ambition to achieve something."

Neville has struggled to reclaim the right-back spot at United this term following his return to action from his lengthy injury lay-off.

The emergence of Brazilian teenager Rafael da Silva and the performances of Wes Brown have checked Neville's progress. But the veteran defender says he is ready to play whenever called upon by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Neville said: "I am just trying to keep myself fit and make myself available for the manager."


Source: Telegraph