By Tum Balogun For Mailonline
01:08 19 Jan 2024, updated 02:01 19 Jan 2024
- Gary Neville made his debut as a guest dragon on the BBC show Dragon’s Den
- The former Man United star received rave reviews from fans and fellow Dragons
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Gary Neville received rave reviews for his appearance on Dragon’s Den with several viewers calling for him to become a regular on the show.
The Manchester United legend joined the BBC show for the first time alongside the likes of Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman, Sara Davies and Steven Bartlett.
Despite a number of deals ranging from League Two club Salford City and former team-mates to his luxury Manchester hotels, some have questioned whether the Red Devils have what it takes to become a dragon.
But during Thursday’s episode, the 48-year-old is at home. Viewers of the show were unanimous in their praise for the former England international.
‘Gary Neville is a great bloke! Keep going,” wrote one fan on X, formerly of Twitter. A second wrote: ‘[Dragon’s Den] one of the best yet, and Gary Neville is ace!’
A third said: ‘Gary Neville was brilliant. He must be an immortal dragon.’
While Neville also received praise for his support of United’s opponents. They wrote: ‘As a Liverpool fan, I say, I don’t care…Gary Neville is a good bloke!’
The veteran impressed his fellow dragons with his business acumen but that didn’t save him from jibes from his rivals.
One such person was former football player Billy Childs, whose company sells used shoes for players. He took the opportunity to cut Neville off for his more visible work; his position as a pundit on Sky Sports.
‘I’m happy that Gary is a Dragon here,’ began the 27-year-old. ‘I believe his interest in my business is better than punditry – opinions on other teams defending the Premier League.’
In the end the Boys left without a win as, although he liked the idea of selling memorabilia, Neville was skeptical, believing players donate their boots for money rather than charity.
The Salford City owners were also praised by long-serving Dragon Meaden, who he said had looked like a ‘Snake all his life’.
However, it wasn’t all positive comments as some on social media questioned his suitability for the gig.
‘Gary Neville on [Dragon’s Den],’ he wrote. ‘A failed manager when the team he has has many coaches and is near the bottom of League 2. Good visitor.’
Another said: ‘When did Gary Neville join Dragons Den? I can’t think of him as important.’