We Don’t Have To Like Gary Neville To Respect His Achievements


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Neville was a right mardy so and so but beneath the seeming odiousness, there was a refreshing candour. I would defend to the nth degree his right not to sing the national anthem, his hint that the yellow sweatband sporting Thierry Henry might be doing so less out of altruism than to please Nike and his union man persona. Liverpool supporting mates aren’t having it of course, but Neville fed off their opprobrium to a large extent.

  2. Jamie says:

    Interesting article but for me it raises a few questions

    1. Who are these better tacklers you refer to? I only ask as genuinely interested in who you qualify as being good at this. As a Saturday morning right back myself thats of real interest.

    2. Although in no way a rampaging full back, that the modern game seems to be so in thrall with I think you do GN a disjustice here. Firstly, his job is to defend and he did that fantastically. I don’t have the stats to back it up but its not beyond the realms of possibility that he appeared in more clean sheet games than any other defender?

    Furthermore for around 24 months as part of the right hand side with Beckham he was a key part of the most productive and creative midfield force in Europe. The 98-00 years, with Utd in their pomp, saw Beckham at his best and GN played no small part in allowing for that.

    3. I’d be interested to see how insightful an ex pro like Neville can be on Sky? I was bemoaning the real lack of insightful commentary and analysis recently with friends when you get the same old, same old served up by Shearer, Hansen et al. Look at Michael Vaughan on Test Match Special. Brilliant, inside information and constructive insight from someone who has been at the very top. I’d welcome that approach from GN given that he must have seen and heard so much under Ferguson.

    And this coming from a Watford fan with a distinctly average right back!

  3. Chris P says:

    “It seems implausible that anyone could last for nineteen years in a team managed by Alex Ferguson as baggage” maybe not, but Wes Brown is certainly giving it a good try….

  4. Simon Banfield says:

    “It is certainly unusual for a player to call time on their career through choice midway through the season, and this is perhaps the pointer towards his choice of career switch, considering what happened at Sky Sports.”

    I think he may have chosen to call time now because Sir Alex didn’t want to include him in his Premier League or Champions League squad (limited to 25 senior players) for the rest of the season; he was woeful in that final game against West Brom. By retiring he could spare himself and Sir Alex that embarrassment.

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