• Posted on: 19 March 2013

The former Manchester United defender and the current England assistant coach Gary Neville has revealed that he is extremely pleased to work alongside the manager Roy Hodgson.

The former West Brom, Fulham, and Liverpool manager was appointed as a replacement for Fabio Capello ahead of the Euro 2012. Despite being in the job only for a few months, Hodgson managed to achieve a respectable finish at the Euro 2012. He has now set the objective of winning the World Cup at Brazil. Neville has spoken about his challenges as the assistant coach Roy Hodgson, while also revealing the personality of the England manager.

He has said that his international career, which lasted 12 years, has taught him that being a coach is not always easy. He has recalled that the England team have not reached the finals of a major tournament for 47 years. The 1966 World Cup remains as the only major trophy England have lifted. Neville has said that Hodgson is ambitious, but he is also a realist. He has said that there are several moments in the game that could change the headlines. It has been vital that Hodgson has used his experience to great effect even when the team has not done well.

“I enjoy challenges. I recognise as much as anybody, having played for England for 12 years, that it is not always a bed of roses. It is tough. It is hard work to get to where you want to be, which is getting to the finals of major tournaments and then competing in them. No team has done that for 47 years. That is a long time. Roy is very pragmatic and realistic. He is always sensible, after defeats and victories,” said Neville. England will be having two World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro in March.