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Neville lined up to become Sky Sports pundit when dust settles on Linogate
Gary Neville has been lined up by Sky Sports to be the big-name pundit to fill the void created by the sacking of Andy Gray. Manchester United’s former England defender Neville, who is due to retire from a glittering playing career at the end of this season, was already on the television network’s radar before the ‘Linogate’ scandal erupted this week. It is understood that the 35-year-old will not be a like-for-like replacement for Gray. Neville is viewed by Sky as another front-line pundit to work alongside or alternate with Jamie Redknapp, both having the experience of a modern football dressing room.
Several of Thursday’s papers run quotes from an MUTV interview with Paul Scholes on Monday regarding his “undecided future”, in which the midfielder stated his desire to regain his fitness before thinking about next season. The Mirror quotes: “I don’t know what I’m doing next year, I just want to concentrate on getting back playing for now.”
Elsewhere, Richard Tanner of the Daily Express ponders whether the time is right for Sir Alex Ferguson to hand Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez a starting place following his impressive performance as substitute against Blackpool. The Mexican striker has scored 10 goals since his arrival at Old Trafford in the summer.