Neville: Management is not my ambition

Gary Neville joined the England coaching set-up ahead of Euro 2012

Gary Neville joined the England coaching set-up ahead of Euro 2012

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Gary Neville still insists he has no desire to become a manager.

After abandoning his playing career in January 2011, Neville became a sensation as a TV pundit, so his appointment onto Roy Hodgson's backroom team for Euro 2012 was a major surprise. However, Neville's positive impact at the start of a four-year contract has raised suggestions he might want to branch out even further.

The 37-year-old is quick to quash that theory. He said of his Euro 2012 experience: "I really enjoyed it. Who would not enjoy being part of a tournament? It was an incredible experience for me. 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."

Neville will continue with his work for Sky Sports next season and is clearly intent on pursuing the 'green' ideals that have shaped his life.

It is well known that he has constructed an eco-house in the Lancashire hills.

He wants to do much more though and has joined forces with Dale Vince, owner of Conference outfit Forest Green Rovers, to urge sport's rulers to become more active in environmental issues.

A Manchester United XI will visit Forest Green on August 5 as part of the pair's 'Sustainability in Sport' campaign, which Neville hopes will start to have a significant impact amongst his peers.

"Sport is an important part of our everyday lives and we believe, sport as an industry must grasp the green agenda," said Neville.

"The environmental impact of sport is massive but often overlooked - with the Olympics putting sport at the forefront of people's minds, we believe the time is right to launch a green revolution in sport.

"Sporting stars are role-models for people throughout the world and delivering messages on sustainability through sport can reach a diverse global audience."

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