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Phil Neville admits he wants to replace Moyes as Everton manager
Phil Neville admits he wants to replace Moyes as Everton manager

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Phil Neville admits he wants to replace Moyes as Everton manager

Everton captain Phil Neville has emerged as a surprise candidate to replace David Moyes as manager at Goodison Park once he leaves to join Manchester United.

"It would be a really good job to get," he told the Guardian. "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."

The 36-year-old, who is currently working towards his UEFA Pro Licence, has thrown his hat into the ring for the job after speaking to Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez remains the favorite to take over from Moyes, who will succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford on July 1, but Neville feels he is now ready to follow in the footsteps of his mentor after spending the last five years learning the ropes of football management.

"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," Neville explained.

"I have been away with the Under-21s. I'm half-prepared for what I am going in to. I pick his [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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