Gary Neville has returned to football just 10 days after he announced his retirement. He is believed to have accepted the post at PAOK at around 2 a.m in the morning on 12/02/11.His contract is believed to be approximately £4,000 per week on a deal that lasts until June 2014. He has accepted the job with PAOK sitting in second to bottom position. The league currently looks like this.
Gary’s first game will be this afternoon at 5 p.m and will broadcasted live on international TV. They will be playing against the team directly above them, Ast. Tripolis. BBC Sport caught up with Gary this morning.
Media: Gary congratulations in getting a job so quickly after you retired. Was this why you retired?
Neville: I did know that I wanted to become a manager but I wasn’t expecting an offer so quickly. I was as surprised as you at getting the job.
Media: Is this your dream job?
Neville: No, my dream would be to replace Fergie at Manchester United but I will put my heart and soul into my job and I can’t wait until the first match this afternoon.
Media: What are your hopes for the rest of the season?
Neville: I would like to turn this team around and hope to finish in the top half of the table.
Media: Isn’t that a little ambitious?
Neville: Yes it is ambitious but not impossible all we need to do is string together some good results and we will be up there in no time.
Media: Does it worry you taking over the club without a league win in 7 games?
Neville: I have the utmost confidence in my players to be able to get a win soon and then build on that.
Media: Have you had time to speak to your players yet?
Neville: Yes, we have had a quick chat and I have made it clear to them what I expect from them and what I hope to achieve in the rest of the season. I believe the league is very close and it will only take a couple of good performances from the lads to get us in the position that we want to be.
Media: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us and good luck in your new job.