Phil Neville believes David Moyes is a perfect replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United – and wants the chance to prove he can be likewise for Moyes at Everton, the
Neville played under Ferguson until moving to Goodison Park in the summer of 2005, then spent eight years as a Moyes player, leaving Everton at the end of the season after his contract expired. Neville has not yet decided if he is to retire or seek a chance to continue playing, but is said to have told Everton owner Bill Kenwright he would like to be considered for the vacancy left at his old club by Moyes’ departure.
The 36-year-old is understood to be one of a number of internal candidates Kenwright will consider, including former central defensive pair Alan Stubbs and David Weir, who each joined the coaching staff under Moyes following their retirements – with Stubbs taking charge of the Everton Under-21 side and reaching the latter stages of the Under-21 league competition.
Neville, who has no previous managerial experience and only brief time as a coach with the England Under-21 side, said: “ It would be a really good job to get. I know there are players who have gone into jobs and failed but I just think I have prepared. I have prepared for the last five seasons and I have got some really nice decisions to make. I am prepared for every eventuality.”
He continued: “I’ve not reached the end of my career and thought: ‘I know, I’ll be a manager.’ I have had a lot of experience, studying coaching practices. I’ve got files on every training session from the last three seasons. I have been away with the Under-21s. I’m half-prepared for what I am going in to.
“I pick [Moyes’] brains constantly. We were out recently and I was asking him what it is like when your team goes on a night out. Do you set curfews? You have to learn these things.
“He has been unbelievable in the way he has opened up. He tells you the pitfalls and his strengths. I grill him. He must think sometimes: ‘Give me a break.’ It’s the same with Steve Round [Everton’s assistant manager]. I virtually man-mark him.”
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