Gary Neville named as Valencia Head Coach until the end of the season

He joins his brother Phil at the La Liga club

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Gary Neville has been announced as the new Head Coach of La Liga side Valencia until the end of the season.

He replaces Nuno Espirito Santo who left the club last weekend after less than 18 months in charge. Neville takes charge of the team from Sunday, a day after the side face league leaders Valencia. Neville's brother Phil has been in temporary charge after Santo's departure. He is expected to take charge of the team this weekend.

The former Manchester United defender is currently a coach with the England senior team. It is not yet known if he will stay with the team in the build up to Euro 2016.

Neville told Valencia's Official Website about his delight at the move. “I am absolutely thrilled to be given this opportunity with Valencia. Valencia are a huge football club of immense standing and I know from my time as a player the passion and dedication of the Valencia fans."

Valencia owner Peter Lim, also owns a 50% share in non league side Salford City. The other 50% is split between Neville and some former Manchester United team mates.

The side currently lie ninth in La Liga, but his first game in charge will be next week at home to Lyon in the Champions League.