Phil Neville rejects Aston Villa coaching roleby Jack Kitson / 11 October 2016, 09:34
Phil Neville has rejected a coaching job offer from managerless Aston Villa in order to pursuit his goal of becoming a manager in his own right, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Villa have been on the hunt for a new gaffer since sacking Roberto Di Matteo last week. At the time of writing Steve Bruce remains the red hot 1/5 favourite in the betting, although caretaker boss Steve Clarke (10/1) and Burnley's Sean Dyche (7/1) are also under consideration.
But, while a new manager is not yet in place, Villa are looking to assemble a new backroom staff, and had Neville in their sights.
Neville was most recently working as an assisant manager at Valencia last season, under Nuno, brother Gary, then Pako Ayestaran, before leaving the Spanish club in the summer.
There are a number of Football League vacancies open at the moment, including Villa, Derby, Coventry, and Shrewsbury Town but, for the moment at least, Neville isn't in the running for any of these jobs.