Football fans have been left baffled by Gary Neville's "mini-retirement" anecdote with the Manchester United legend having seemingly only just discovered holidays.
Neville, 48, is no stranger to turning heads for his outlandish and harsh analysis on Sky Sports. The Monday Night Football pundit backed Bournemouth for an instant return to the Championship while also slamming Bruno Fernandes as "a disgrace" in Liverpool's 7-0 thumping of arch-rivals Man Utd – but the ex-right-back did correctly call the Premier League title race.
Aside from his appearances on the box, Neville has a plethora of other commitments, including Salford City, Hotel Football, The Overlap YouTube channel and The Labour Party – and his work-life balance was a hot topic when appearing on the 'Diary of a CEO' podcast.
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"This weekend I’m going to Spain from Friday to Monday morning. I call that a mini-retirement," Neville told host Steven Bartlett, which prompted the question "So that’s a weekend?"
Instead of acknowledging the regular two-day period in between Friday and Monday, Neville doubled down. "It’s basically where I can say for three days that I’m there and I’m basically taking it easy. I don’t think about work – but I will. Some of my best ideas come when I’m on these types of trips.
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"But then in six weeks, I’ll have another mini-retirement for five days rather than thinking you’re going to stop for six months for a sort of sabbatical. That’s probably not going to happen for people like you or me because we basically don’t work that way. So having lots of mini-retirements during the year is what I try to do."
Despite his obvious good intentions, football fans were quick to ridicule Neville's "mini-retirement" ideology. "Absolutely dying at this clip of Gary Neville seeming to discover what a holiday is," joked one fan. "Love that he thinks him and Steve are unique because they don't take 6-month sabbaticals every year," quipped another.
"Such an influencer. Amazingly visionary. This man will revolutionize the modern work place dynamic with ideas like this," jibbed a third. "I’m looking forward to my mini retirement on Friday and then back to work Monday. It’s the way forward," blasted a fourth.
"I think a daily retirement is a good idea. You know, 30 minutes between 12-2. Just switch off. Don’t think about work" harked a fifth. While a sixth probed: "Praying @Carra23 has seen this," in the hope that Neville's fellow MNF pundit would join in the ribbing.
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