From Hartlepool to Barcelona for Gary Neville!

Gary Neville with Salford joint-manager Anthony Johnson

Gary Neville with Salford joint-manager Anthony Johnson

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Gary Neville is set to watch Hartlepool United on Friday night ... and Barcelona on Saturday!

Neville will take his first steps in management at Spanish side Valencia after being named head coach for the remainder of the season.

But he does not take charge until Sunday, giving him an opportunity to watch Pools’ FA Cup clash with Salford City – who he part-owns – on Friday night.

He’ll then be expected to fly out to Spain and take in Valencia’s clash with Barca on Saturday.

Since the former Manchester United and England defender retired during the 2010/11 season, the 40-year-old has become an acclaimed pundit with Sky Sports and worked as a coach under national team manager Roy Hodgson.

But he’s also part of the ‘Class of 92’ who now part-own Salford City, who defeated Notts County in the first round of the FA Cup.

The second round clash with Pools on Friday night is televised by the BBC.