- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

MADRID (AP) - Gary Neville has been appointed as coach of Spanish league club Valencia for the rest of this season after Nuno Espirito Santo left by mutual agreement.

The club said Neville will “officially take charge of the first team” on Sunday ahead of its Group H Champions League match against Lyon on Dec. 9. Until then, former defender Salvador “Voro” Gonzalez will act as interim coach, the club said.

Neville said he was “absolutely thrilled” about his Valencia appointment. “Valencia are a huge football club of immense standing,” he said, adding he knew of the “passion and dedication of the Valencia fans” from when he was still a player.

The club statement said Valencia was “delighted” to have secured Neville on short notice. Former Manchester United and England defender Phil Neville, Gary’s brother, joined Valencia as an assistant coach in July.

England’s Football Association says Gary Neville will also continue working alongside national coach Roy Hodgson as its squad prepares for Euro 2016 in France.

“I’m delighted that Gary has decided to take this excellent opportunity,” Hodgson said. “It’s the right moment in time for him and I’m 100 percent behind his decision to join Valencia.”

Valencia is owned by Peter Lim, who holds a stake in English non-league team Salford City alongside the Nevilles and other former Manchester United players.

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