Neville to join Moyes as Man Utd coach

Former Everton and England defender Phil Neville is to return to Manchester United as a coach under new manager David Moyes, the Guardian has reported.

Neville is expected to speak with Moyes on Thursday regarding the potential appointment, having announced the end of his playing career at the end of the season when his Everton contract expired. Neville worked with Stuart Pearce in the England Under-21 set-up during the summer’s European Championships and was seen arriving at United’s training ground on Thursday morning.

Moyes has already appointed a number of his former Everton staff to roles at United, naming Steve Round as assistant manager, Jimmy Lumsden as a coach and Chris Woods as goalkeeping coach. Robbie Cooke has also been hired as a scout.

Neville was on the shortlist to replace Moyes as Everton manager as one of a number of internal candidates, along with coaches David Weir and Alan Stubbs, but the trio was overlooked in favour of Roberto Martinez. Weir has since taken charge of Sheffield United while Stubbs remains at Goodison Park as Under-21 manager.

The 36-year-old Neville was a United youth team graduate of the same era as Paul Scholes, David Beckham and older brother Gary, going on to make almost 400 appearances for the Red Devils before leaving for Everton in the summer of 2005. He played in a further 300 games for the Toffees, captaining the side for much of his tenure.

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