Football: Gary Neville dismisses concerns as he's unveiled as Valencia's manager

 Valencia's new coach Gary Neville attends a news conference on Dec 3, 2015.
Valencia's new coach Gary Neville attends a news conference on Dec 3, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

VALENCIA (Spain) (GUARDIAN/REUTERS) - Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville was unveiled as manager of Spanish Primera Liga team Valencia on Thursday.

The former England international replaced former boss Nuno Espirito Santo, who quit on Monday, and the 40-year-old's first match in charge will be Wednesday's must-win Champions League tie against Olympique Lyonnais.

Neville's assistant will be his younger brother Phil, another former United player who joined Valencia as a coach in the close season.

At Thursday's press conference, Neville dismissed any concerns about having to coach in a different tongue.

He said: "A lot of the coaching team speak English but to be clear, I expect myself to turn more Valencian, not them to become more English.

"I'll expect the players to assist. At Old Trafford, players were excellent at helping people settle in.

"I'm aware I have to pick up key phrases as quickly as possible and learn as quickly as possible."

He also dismissed concerns about his relationship with the club's owner, Singapore tycoon, Peter Lim, and his relative lack of managerial experience.

He said: "(The) relationship with Peter Lim is not a challenge, there's no challenge there. As for experience, we've all seen inexperienced coaches succeed, we've all seen experienced coaches fail. There's no magic formula."