Father of Manchester United greats, dies of heart attack

Gary and Phil Neville have lost their dad, who died today after suffering a heart attack in Australia

 

Neville Neville, father of Manchester United greats, Gary and Phil Neville has died today, Friday, August 7 of heart attack.

He died in Australia where he went to visit another of his sporting child, daughter Tracey who is the coach of England netball team at the World Cup.

Gary who is a Sky Sports pundit and his brother Phil who is the assistant coach of La Liga club, Valencia rushed to Australia to be at the bedside of their dad who was also their manager throughout their career.

"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," the Neville family wrote in a statement.

"Tracey will remain with England throughout the tournament and we ask that she is allowed to concentrate on her role with the team."

A spokesman for England Netball said: "England Netball is saddened to announce that Neville Neville, father of head coach Tracey, passed away at hospital earlier this evening in Sydney.

"Our immediate thoughts are with Tracey and the Neville family and we please ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time.

"Tracey has chosen to remain with the England team for the remainder of the World Cup and has the full support from everyone at England Netball."

Tributes have been pouring in for the Neville family from the world of sports.

Manchester United where 'Big Nev' played have sent out their condolences on Twitter.

Former Man United goalkeeper PeterSchmeichel, wife of current Manchester United captain Coleen Rooney.

Mr Neville, who lived in Bury, Greater Manchester, was a former director of his hometown club Bury FC.

The club paid their tribute to the Neville family with a statement saying: "It is with deep regret and extremely heavy hearts that we announce the sudden death of former commercial manager, director and club ambassador, Neville Neville.

"Neville, along with wife and club secretary Jill, were in Australia to support daughter Tracey, the current England Netball team manager, in their quest for World Cup Glory.

"Neville was taken seriously ill on Tuesday and unfortunately did not recover, passing away earlier today.

"Our deepest condolences are extended to Jill, Gary, Philip and Tracey and the entire Neville family.

"Bury FC will pay tribute to Neville in due course and we ask everyone to allow the Neville family the time to grieve privately at this exceptionally sad time.

"We would like to end this statement by simply saying - 'Where would this Club be without Neville?' Rest in Peace big Nev."

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