Fans in stitches at clip of Gary Neville 'discovering what a holiday is' as Man Utd icon calls breaks 'mini-retirements' | The Sun

FOOTBALL fans have been left in stitches at a clip of Gary Neville “discovering what a holiday is.”

That’s after the Manchester United icon referred to taking breaks as “mini-retirements.”

Neville, 48, won eight Premier League titles during a 19-year career at Old Trafford.

And his work-rate was never in doubt, with the right-back famed for his tenacity on the pitch.

Indeed, Neville has taken that same mentality to post-playing life after becoming one of the nation’s most popular pundits.

But he may have gone too far with things after appearing to not know what a holiday is.


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Neville sparked mass laughter as he explained how he recharges his batteries every six weeks with a weekend break.

He prefers having these regular “mini-retirements” instead of taking himself away for months on end.

And fans could not help chuckling as they pointed out to Neville that what he was describing was a holiday, with some wondering what pal Jamie Carragher would have to say.

Neville told the Diary of a CEO podcast: “What you can have is a mini-retirement during the year, and that’s what I’ve tried to do.

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“I don’t do it very well, so for instance this weekend I’m going to Spain on Friday until Monday morning.

“I call that a mini-retirement. It’s a weekend, it’s a mini-retirement.

“It’s where I can basically say for three days I’m there and I’m basically taking it, I don’t think about work.

“And I will, sometimes my best ideas come when I’m on these types of trips, but then in six weeks I’ll have another mini-retirement for five days or four days.

“Rather than thinking you’re going to stop for six months and sort of have a sabbatical, that’s not probably going to happen with people like you or I because we just basically don’t work that way.

“So to have lots of mini-retirements during the year is what I’ve tried to do in the last few years.”

Fans certainly found Neville’s comments hilarious, with one saying: “He’s only just discovering what a holiday is.”

Another declared: “Haha why is he calling it mini-retirements?”

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One noted: “Hope that Carragher is on to him for this.”

Another added: “I’m looking forward to my mini retirement on Friday and then back to work Monday.”

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