In the first part of his exclusive interview with Everton TV, Roberto Martinez revealed he is keen for Phil Neville to remain at Everton in a coaching capacity. However, with David Moyes also chasing his signature at Manchester United, what would it take to convince Neville that his future continues to lie at Goodison Park?
After announcing his playing retirement, Phil Neville has reportedly been offered a number of opportunities both as a coach and as a TV pundit. His brother Gary, has already embarked on a successful career in the media, combining his TV punditry with coaching the England first team squad alongside Roy Hodgson. I for one, would not be surprised to see Phil take a similar route, with a focus more on the coaching side, with a view to a future in management.
If the rumours are true and Manchester United have approached Neville about joining David Moyes’ back room team, I believe anything less than the offer of the Number 2 job at Everton, working directly alongside Martinez, will result in Neville moving back along the East Lancs to Old Trafford. Even that may not be enough to attract Neville, who despite taking Everton to his heart, still sees Manchester United as his club.
As Martinez indicated, it would be a fantastic coup to retain Neville’s experience. He is respected by his former colleagues and has been a student of the game throughout his career. He would also act as the perfect bridge between the Moyes and Martinez eras, with many of David Moyes’ coaching staff expected to fill vacancies at United.
Wherever Neville decides his future lies, I am sure it will be a relatively short term appointment. He is held in the highest regard amongst the footballing community and he will already have many managerial offers from lower down the Football League pyramid. It is surely a matter of time before he receives the right approach and begins his career in management.