Friday, 7 August 2015

[Sport] Gary and Phil Neville's father Neville has died after suspected heart attack

The father of former England football stars Gary and Phil Neville has died today aged 65. 
Neville Neville flew to Sydney to watch his daughter Tracey, who is manager of the England netball team at the World Cup, but he suffered a suspected heart attack en route.
His sons had rushed to Australia to be at his bedside after being told he was seriously ill in hospital.
'Big Nev', as he was known to friends, was close to Sir Alex Ferguson and had helped develop the famous 'Class of 92' Manchester United side, which included his sons, David Beckham and Paul Scholes.  
A statement from the Neville family said: 'We would like to thank everyone at St Vincent's hospital in Sydney for the fantastic care and attention that dad received in the last few days and for their support.
'Tracey will remain with England throughout the tournament and we ask that she is allowed to concentrate on her role with the team.'
Gary Neville is to miss the start of the new Premier League season for Sky television after his father, Neville, suffered a heart attack on his way to Australia.
His brother Phil, assistant manager of Valencia, has also been forced to abandon his work commitments in the short term.
Sibling Tracey, a netball star turned England manager, has said she will continue to manage the team during the World Cup despite the tragedy.
All three had been supported by their father throughout their careers. 
Neville himself was an ambassador for their local side Bury, the League One club that he was once a director of. His wife Jill is the club's general manager and club secretary.
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