Neville handed England U21 role

by | 19/03/2013

Phil Neville has been given a coaching role with England's U21s at the European Championship this summer, Everton have now confirmed.

The 36 year-old has made no secret of his desire to go into coaching when he hangs up his boots and has already started working towards earning his Uefa coaching badges.

Neville was involved with the U21s on the coaching side for a qualifier against Belgium in February and he was grateful for the experience.

"It made me realise what a special thing being involved for your country was," he said.

The defender will now link up with Stuart Pearce this summer for the tournament in Israel.

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Sam Hoare
559 Posted 19/03/2013 at 07:02:27
Go for it Phil. Could be that you now have more to offer in coaching than in playing.
Christopher Kelly
560 Posted 19/03/2013 at 07:10:54
Hurry up and go!! Like, really...go now!! England needs you a lot more than we do!!

Take a bow and say good night.

Steve Edwards
561 Posted 19/03/2013 at 08:02:11
There's no need need for that Chris, he's been a great servant to this club.
Brent Stephens
563 Posted 19/03/2013 at 08:38:52
Yes, Chris, we should have a bit more grace. Why don't we just wish him well? We might dislike his football but why kick a man on a personal level?
Colin Glassar
564 Posted 19/03/2013 at 08:40:44
Fingers crossed and we'll never see him in a blue shirt again. The man is a total liability and he's on 50k a week.!! That's a bloody disgrace IMO for a man of so little ability.
Christopher Timmins
565 Posted 19/03/2013 at 08:45:21
We need all the bodies we can find over the next couple of weeks what with injuries and suspensions. The guy has been a great servant of the club. He deserves better treatment.
Tony J Williams
566 Posted 19/03/2013 at 09:07:26
Unfortunately we don't do "better treatment" Chris. We like to shout, skit and demean........that's more our style these I said, unfortunately
Phil Walling
567 Posted 19/03/2013 at 09:12:21
I wish him all the best in whatever he does as long as it`s not playing for Everton.His most recent displays should have made him realise that he can`t hack it anymore-and you can take that as you like!
Thanks Phil-do yourself a favour.
Iain Johnston
568 Posted 19/03/2013 at 09:21:54
Thought his behaviour from the bench on Saturday was first class. Round sat there in the corner whilst Neville was up shouting from the line.. It was like watching a boys dad cheering from the touchline.. I think his playing days are over at premiership level, coaching clearly is his next step.. His character and attitude will be missed when he leaves.
Eugene Ruane
571 Posted 19/03/2013 at 09:29:07
I'd wish him nothing but good luck, he's a more than decent feller.

I really hope he's played his last game for Everton though.

Tony J Williams
578 Posted 19/03/2013 at 10:09:08
He will get a game before the end of the season, you don't want his last game being one where he royally screwed us all over with a misplaced pass.

If Coleman or Gibson gets injured, Moyes will look to him...unfortunately.....I am using that word quite a lot of late.

Paul David
579 Posted 19/03/2013 at 10:13:13

It could be worse than you think, Neville was picked ahead of Gibson just one game a go. I'm convinced Neville will be starting games soon and stay there.

Tony McNulty
582 Posted 19/03/2013 at 10:29:03
He's beginning to remind me of what Geoff Boycott said about Mike Brearley: "He's a bloody psychiatrist or summit int 'e? That 'as to be reason 'ees picked. It certainly ain't is batting."

Neville's presence at certain points during a game (e.g. 2-0 up against Arsenal away and under under seige) might still help inspire the others and retain the three points. However:

- his days of playing an entire game are probably in the rear view mirror
- someone still needs to show him a blue shirt and say, "Those are the people you need to pass to."

Colin Glassar
599 Posted 19/03/2013 at 12:07:45
To all the lads defending Nev, it's nothing personal he's just good enough anymore. He's lost whatever pace he had, he can't pass or defend etc.... His times up. Thanks for your effort Phil but time doesn't stand still and it's time, in your case, to move on.
Colin Glassar
601 Posted 19/03/2013 at 12:12:14
Just NOT good enough, I meant.
Mark Scarratt
605 Posted 19/03/2013 at 12:18:38
Great guy, magnificent pro, great attitude etc etc, but unfortunately, based on his current playing form, I think he needs to retire or play a much lesser role. I think would make a very good coach. His brother realised it was time to go and I'm sure Phil will do the same

Tony McNulty dream on. When have we ever been 2-0 up at Arsenal. In fact under Moyes we have never won away to them. I know you only use it as an example, but how optimistic.

Christopher Kelly
621 Posted 19/03/2013 at 13:36:23
Alright, alright... He does deserve better as he's a good captain. Just a really, really, really crap player...And I'm tired of fans accepting mediocrity.

I don't know what makes me more angry, the fact that he continually (at least it's not EVERY game now) gets picked by Moyes because they're bosom buddies or that he just doesn't seem to know when to hang them up.

The fact that he's on 50k a week (and ahem, the same goes for Moyes; albeit slightly less urgently) and knows we're skint yet doesn't offer to restructure his contract says a LOT about the man and where his true intentions lie. Players restructure their contracts all the time. It happens in the US a lot

James Stewart
627 Posted 19/03/2013 at 13:55:32
Yes! England calls. Hurry, go!
Susong Hermawan
651 Posted 19/03/2013 at 15:30:41
Than go for it, Sir!
Tony McNulty
664 Posted 19/03/2013 at 16:59:08
Mark (605) Motivational speaking as a second career?
Paul Ferry
687 Posted 19/03/2013 at 17:37:06
He's very good at clapping his hands and pointing his fingers, and, like a seesaw, that side of his game has gone up in quality as his Sideways Samways play plunges in quality. So, it's time for a statement about a noble retirement after a long career (footie players ought to grow old gracefully: Skip Pip is no Giggs though he may well think that he is).

I actually think that he might well make a good coach. I could see him being gaffer at an outfit like MK Dons or Brighton as an essential stepping-stone to a higher level. No way ought he to be our next gaffer, no way. But in say 2023 when fan power finally forces Martinez out, he may be a good choice for us.

Rob Williamson
690 Posted 19/03/2013 at 17:51:20
"Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. " ......... and I speak as a teacher!
Peter Thistle
702 Posted 19/03/2013 at 18:45:07
I assume this would mean he'd miss pre-season training by being involved with England in the summer. Hopefully that alone is enough to force him to retire. No offence but it's beyond time he moved on.
Richard Dodd
731 Posted 19/03/2013 at 19:58:17
Phil's brother knew exactly when to call it a day and it was after a crap performance in which he got hauled off! If Moyes stays, I'm sure he will be given a role here although how many more ex-players can be accommodated, is another matter.

But, all said and done, he's given Everton sterling service.

Graham Mockford
739 Posted 19/03/2013 at 20:18:00

One of the reasons I really like Gary Neville. A proper pro who to his credit the RS hate, that was always really self aware. He has also turned into the best football pundit on Sky never afraid to let old allegiances get in the way of telling it like it is. His article about his last game is brutally honest and shows the measure of the man.

Ian Bennett
768 Posted 19/03/2013 at 21:58:31
I assume Phil hasn't/won't sign a new deal?

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