Valencia have appointed former Manchester United defender Gary Neville as head coach until the end of the season.

The England assistant coach will officially take charge of the first team on 6 December, ahead of Valencia's - where Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan plies his trade - UEFA Champions League clash with Lyon at the Mestalla three days later.

Valencia president Layhoon Chan said: "We are delighted to have secured Gary so quickly. He combines top level coaching experience through his role as a senior coach with the England national team and a world-class playing career with England and Manchester United.

"Throughout his career Gary has always shown great leadership both on and off the pitch. He is hugely respected in English football and it was his personal qualities which persuaded us that he was the right choice to lead Valencia until the end of the season."