Neville, who has also been linked to jobs at Brighton, Stoke and Everton this summer, is currently in the process of finishing his UEFA A licence - a course he approaches with some advice from Sir Alex Ferguson in the back of his mind.
"He gave us a great lesson when we were doing my B licence, with Roy Keane, Gary, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs," he said.
"When you are a footballer at Manchester United, you are probably looking for a bit of a short-cut or can we get someone in to do the sessions for us, sign it off, and he gave us not a rollicking, but said 'no fast track to coaching or management'.
"'But we've got to go to Lilleshall for two weeks in the summer'. He said: 'Get it done'.
"'Can you phone the FA and ask if we can leave a couple of days early?' 'No, I want you to stay longer'.
"It was the biggest jolt that we had. We were thinking, we're Manchester United. We know everything. He said: 'Actually you don't.'
"There's no short cut to being a manager or coach. He sowed the seed early on in our coaching career."