Everton boss David Moyes has said that his offer to Toffees captain Phil Neville of a place on his coaching staff remains open despite the former Man United defender’s plans to leave Goodison Park in the summer, reports The
Neville has announced that he will leave the North West outfit in the hopes of extending his playing career when his contract ends at the end of the season.
He had held talks with Moyes before making the decision, ultimately accepting that first team opportunities would be limited as the Scotsman attempts to pave the way for the next generation of Everton stars.
Moyes had hoped that an offer of a coaching role at the club could appease the 36-year-old, who was one of Fergie’s Fledgelings alongside the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and brother Gary Neville.
Neville, who will coach England U-21s at the European championships this summer, remains confident that he has at least another season at the top of the game, and will seek opportunities elsewhere.
Moyes took the time to pay tribute to the Bury-born defender’s “powerful influence” both on the pitch and off it during his reign at the club.
He said: “Phil is at a time now where I am not sure he would play all the games for us. He has a little bit of a problem with a knee injury that he has to look after as well and that was reflected in our conversations.
“Phil has decided to continue playing and I am delighted for him. I think it’s what he should do. I look at Davie Weir. I let Davie Weir go at a similar age and he went on to play for five more years [at Rangers] and play in a European final. I just think this is the right time for Everton.
“It was Phil who came more to the conclusion. He knows. If he wants to be part of my staff here he is more than welcome, he really is. He has been a big, powerful influence here for eight years and a big help to me in my job.”
The Guardian speculates that Moyes’ offer to Neville implies that he is preparing to stay on at Goodison Park himself next season, despite stalling over a new contract at the club. He has been suggested as a future Chelsea or Man United manager, but Moyes confirmed his future plans presently involve Everton.
He continued: “I gave him [Neville] an opportunity to stay on the staff – that would be better wording. There is nothing at the moment. I talk with the chairman regularly but there won’t be anything until the end of the season.
“I have had a bit more information [on the club’s finances this summer] and how I am going to be able to spend and use the money. A lot of it is to do with the Premier League rules as well. I have been getting some good stuff back. The club are obviously doing everything they can to make sure we have got what we need. We have a side that we need to start thinking about turning around a little bit.”
Moyes also confirmed that his offer to Neville will remain open even after the player’s departure, highlighting his high opinion of the former England international.
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