Red Nev hangs up his boots
Gary Neville, who last played top-flight in 2007, has announced his retirement from football. Yes, we know he has appeared in Premier League matches this season but we didn’t see any top-flight football from him.
Neville said: “I have played in the most incredible football teams, playing with some of the best players in the world as well as against them and I have been lucky to be a part of the team’s achievements and the club’s great success.
“There are so many people I want to thank and of course top of that list is Sir Alex Ferguson.
“He has given me so many opportunities and countless support over the last 20 years. He is truly one of the greatest managers and I have to thank him for that.
“There have also been so many great players that I have had the privilege to train and play alongside. The experiences we’ve shared will be with me for the rest of my life.”
The mid-season retirement has added further weight to speculation that Neville is being lined up for a role in the revamp of Sky Sports’ football coverage.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Gary was the best English right-back of his generation. He is an example to any young professional; hard-working, loyal and intelligent. As a United fan born and bred, his fantastic career at Old Trafford has cemented his place in the affection of the club’s supporters everywhere.”
Neville’s loyalty is, indeed, commendable. OTP can’t help but think that the ex-England international might have taken this decision a couple of years ago and gone out bowed out before his fading form gave opposition fans additional fodder for jibes.