Gary Neville says he turned down two Premier League jobs before becoming Valencia boss

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Gary Neville admits he turned down offers from Premier League and Championship clubs before taking over at Valencia.

The former Manchester United star endured a difficult four months in charge in Spain before being axed.

But prior to accepting Peter Lim's offer, albeit after much thought, he was wanted by two top flight clubs.

At that point he was part of the England set-up under Roy Hodgson but had no great desire to become a No 1.

He confesses to an element of arrogance though having only known success as a player which led him to believe he could do a job at the La Liga outfit.

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Neville told the Off Script Podcast : "I sat on Sky Sports for five years arguing the case for British managers not getting a chance at the top level so if I didn't take the opportunity offered to me by Peter Lim at Valencia, it was almost like I was a bottle merchant.

"I'd turned down two enquiries from the Premier League and two from the Championship over the previous 18 months, as I had no intention to go into management.

"Although I was working with England and Roy Hodgson, my role was more concentrating on analysis – like I was doing on Sky – rather than coaching.

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"Peter only wanted someone at Valencia to navigate them through until the end of the season.

"I said no originally, but then I decided I wanted to do it for him. He'd shown great faith in me and I wanted to repay him.

"It was a decision that I made in two days and one that was influenced by a little bit of arrogance and ego. I had been at one of the most successful clubs in the world for 20 years, then moved to Sky – I felt unbreakable."

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