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People in stitches at clip where Gary Neville seems to find out what a holiday is

Poppy Bilderbeck

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People in stitches at clip where Gary Neville seems to find out what a holiday is

Most of us have weekends and take holidays, but Gary Neville? Well, he doesn't mess around with any of those.

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The football pundit recently sat down with Steven Bartlett for his podcast Diary of a CEO, opening up about his journey from 'football legend to building a business empire'.

However, there's one particular moment viewers can't get over, and it's how Neville refers to holidays.

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Just wait until you hear what the 48-year-old calls his breaks from work.

Potato, potato, am I right Gary? Credit: YouTube/ Diary of a CEO
Potato, potato, am I right Gary? Credit: YouTube/ Diary of a CEO

On a Friday, the average person would normally say they're looking forward to the weekend.

Or for a longer break - perhaps abroad or staying somewhere which isn't your home - most people would say they're going on holiday.

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But not for Neville, oh no, the words 'weekend' and 'holiday' aren't in his vocabulary.

He does still experience them, but they go by very different - and rather professional - terms in his book.

In his interview with Bartlett, Neville explains you can have 'mini-retirements during the year' - translated in normal people language to 'holidays'.

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The co-owner of Salford City continues: "And that's what I've tried to do - I don't do it very well. So for instance, this weekend, I'm going to Spain Friday 'til Monday morning. I call... that's like a mini-retirement."

Alas, Bartlett, failing to stem a small giggle, can't help but point out: "That's a weekend."

Even Bartlett couldn't stifle a small giggle. Credit: YouTube/ Diary of a CEO
Even Bartlett couldn't stifle a small giggle. Credit: YouTube/ Diary of a CEO

Nevertheless, Neville ploughs on with his 'mini-retirement' analogy, noting he calls it that because it's 'where [he] can basically say for three days [he doesn't think] about work'.

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He added: "And sometimes some of 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."

Despite Bartlett's interjection, Neville resolves: "So to have lots of mini-retirements during the year is what I've tried to do in the last few years."

They're not weekends, or holidays, they're 'mini-retirements' - get it right guys. Credit: YouTube/ A Diary of a CEO
They're not weekends, or holidays, they're 'mini-retirements' - get it right guys. Credit: YouTube/ A Diary of a CEO

Hey, we sort of get it, but then again, why not just call the days off for what they are? Weekends and holidays?

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People online aren't convinced either and are taking to social media in a similar reaction to Bartlett.

One Twitter user wrote: "Absolutely dying at this clip of Gary Neville seeming to discover what a holiday is."

"When I’m tired, at the end of each day.., I go to sleep, not for six months, just for about seven/eight hours," another joked.

A third said: "At night I love to get in bed and have what I call a maxi-nap."

Domino's Pizza even got involved, writing: "I don’t dip my pizza, I have what I like to call a mini garlic bath three times a slice."

Social media users have had a field day. Credit: Twitter/ @bkelly776
Social media users have had a field day. Credit: Twitter/ @bkelly776

However, another user claimed: "As ridiculous as this may sound…. @GNev2 is actually referencing principles from the book The 4-Hour Work Week. Very good book, worth a read or listen."

Well, whatever Neville's referencing, if he enjoys his free time more when calling it a 'mini-retirement' then so be it. Let the man experience his weekends - sorry, mini-retirements - in peace.

Featured Image Credit: YouTube / Diary Of A CEO

Topics: Sport, Celebrity, Travel, Social Media, Twitter, YouTube

Poppy Bilderbeck
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