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Gary Neville to build hotel opposite Old Trafford

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"Welcome to the hotel Gary Neville, such a lovely place..." (Manchester Evening News)

"Welcome to the hotel Gary Neville, such a lovely place..." (Manchester Evening News)

Last year, Gary Neville won permission to build every man's dream home — an underground Teletubbies love palace shaped like a flower — and now the former Man Utd star has set his sights on a new construction project. The Manchester Evening News reports that the alleged pundit has submitted plans to build a 10-storey, 139-room hotel outside the Theatre of Dreams:

The development is a joint venture between former United star Gary Neville and the Old Trafford Supporters Club with the former player financing the project with money raised from his testimonial in May.

The 8,000-square-metre building would be next to the Bridgewater Canal, just yards from the north east side of the stadium. The canal level will be used solely by the supporters club .

There will be capacity for up to 1,200 fans and planned features include projector screens to watch matches, bar areas, restaurants, a club shop, a restaurant and an OTSC board room.

It's not quite clear how the profits from a testimonial match are sufficient to build a state-of-the-art hotel complex (perhaps tickets were £1,000 each?) but the red-and-black building has support from the council so far. The hotel is great news for home fans — most of whom live absolutely nowhere near Manchester — and also for players who seek somewhere local and convenient for their, ahem, post-match transactions.

If the project comes to fruition, one can only hope Gary doesn't consult his little brother for interior design tips.

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