Lescott hails Neville addition
Joleon Lescott believes Gary Neville is a 'great addition' to England's coaching staff and would have no problem in taking any criticism.
Last Updated: 25/05/12 8:07am
Joleon Lescott believes Gary Neville is a 'great addition' to England's coaching staff and would have no problem in taking any criticism from the former Manchester United captain.
Neville was added to new boss Roy Hodgson's coaching team last week after he had spent the past year working as a pundit for Sky Sports.
Concerns had been expressed as to whether Neville's continued media commitments, and past United allegiance, would compromise his role with England.
However, Lescott has shrugged off any of those worries and the Manchester City defender is looking forward to working with Neville.
"A lot of people thought he might be biased towards Manchester United but, watching the games and hearing his opinions, I don't think he has," said Lescott.
"He probably has (said bad things about him). But he's very professional in what he does. His comments are fair and valid.
"He is level across the board, so it's easier to take the criticism if he's giving you any."
As a former team-mate of Neville's brother Phil, Lescott is acutely aware of the ultra-professional streak that runs through the family and understands the one-time full-back will not be afraid to offer advice when required.
Lescott added: "He told me to stay away from the chocolate cake which was there for dessert. It was just banter.
"Gary gets his message across and addresses everyone in the squad individually. He's been brought in to communicate with the boys.
"He passes on his experience of games he's been involved in over the years, so I think he's a great addition.
"I know Phil more than Gary and they're both natural-born winners.
"He is definitely someone I respect with what he has achieved in football and the way he conducts himself.
"Knowing Phil, they are both very professional in what they do. They sacrificed a lot to get to where they are, so he is someone I look up to.
"If coaches and staff feel it's the time to address you, they will. But it's more natural for Gary to do that and he will feel closer to the players. It can come across a bit differently from Gary because he's only been out the game a year or so.
"I've not worked with him before and I've enjoyed his punditry over the last season so hopefully he can bring that level of humour into the squad."