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Gary Neville does not want to be a manager

The former Manchester United defender does, however, want to make a “big impact” on the game.

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GARY NEVILLE SAYS he has no intention whatsoever of stepping up to management, despite enjoying his stint with the England side at Euro 2012.

The former Manchester United defender, who also has a full-time role as a well respected Sky Sports pundit, will continue to assist Roy Hodgson throughout his time at the England helm but says he isn’t planning to take things further.

“Who would not enjoy being part of a tournament? It was an incredible experience for me,” Neville said about the European Championships.

“But I am acutely aware it is only the very beginning.

“I am ambitious and young and I want to learn more.

“I have no aspiration to be a football manager. I want to do what I am doing and make as big an impact as I can.”

The 37-year-old also admitted that England FIFA world ranking of fourth flatters the team.

“There is no point in kidding ourselves,” he said. “We are not quite at the same level as Spain, Italy, Portugal and Germany.

“We are difficult to beat and hopefully over this next four years the manager can get his principles across to the players and we can do better.

“But the reality is there are a lot of nations out there who have very good football players and we have to be respectful of our position.”

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