“Definitely not warm, no,” Neville said when asked what kind of reception he’s anticipating from Glory’s notoriously parochial fan area known as the Shed.
“I’ve left there twice now. They’ve got a good set of fans and I’m sure they’re going to hammer me and boo me or whatnot.
“That’s part of the banter, I’ll take it on board and hopefully we can get the win and stick it back to them.”
Leaving the Glory to join the Roar may seem a backward step for Neville given the difference in the clubs’ performances last season.
Neville played alongside Liverpool legend Fowler at the Glory in 2010-11 and said the Roar’s new head coach’s ambition had been impossible to resist.
“I’d worked under Tony Popovic for a few years and he’s a great manager and obviously gets the results but once Robbie called and said what he wants to do here, the plan he had in place and the plan he had for myself … it was something I was excited about and a new challenge,” Neville said.