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Phil Neville
Phil Neville Bohemians V Everton (43 of 51).jpg
Neville playing for Everton in 2011.
Personal information
Full namePhilip John Neville[1]
Date of birth(1977-01-21) 21 January 1977 (age 36)
Place of birthBury, England
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2][3]
Playing positionDefender
Midfielder
Club information
Current clubManchester United (coach)
Youth career
1990–1995Manchester United
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1995–2005Manchester United263(5)
2005–2013Everton242(4)
Total505(9)
National team
1992–1993England U1610(0)
1993–1995England U186(0)
1995–1996England U217(0)
2007England B1(0)
1996–2007England59(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
 
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Phil Neville
Phil Neville Bohemians V Everton (43 of 51).jpg
Neville playing for Everton in 2011.
Personal information
Full namePhilip John Neville[1]
Date of birth(1977-01-21) 21 January 1977 (age 36)
Place of birthBury, England
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2][3]
Playing positionDefender
Midfielder
Club information
Current clubManchester United (coach)
Youth career
1990–1995Manchester United
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1995–2005Manchester United263(5)
2005–2013Everton242(4)
Total505(9)
National team
1992–1993England U1610(0)
1993–1995England U186(0)
1995–1996England U217(0)
2007England B1(0)
1996–2007England59(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Philip John "Phil" Neville (born 21 January 1977) is an English former professional footballer who played in the Premier League for Manchester United and Everton. Neville also played for England from 1996 until 2007. He is the younger brother of fellow former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, and the twin brother of England netball international Tracey Neville. In addition to playing football he is also a licensed coach having worked with the England Youth teams and member of the management committee for the Professional Footballers' Association.

Neville won six Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League with his previous club, Manchester United. He can play in defence or midfield, and is often used as a full back. Due to this versatility he has operated in a number of different positions throughout his career.

On 4 July 2013, Neville was confirmed as Manchester United's new first team coach by David Moyes, Manchester United's manager.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

Born in Bury, Greater Manchester, Neville, along with brother Gary, was one of "Fergie's fledglings". Phil attended Elton High School where he was Deputy Head Boy. He started training with the Manchester United Academy along with his brother, then later joined as a trainee, making his first-team debut in the 1994–95 season but did not get many first-team opportunities until the following season.

While at Old Trafford, Neville helped United win six Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the UEFA Champions League. He was not established as the club's first-choice left-back until the early 2000s due to the consistency of the much older Denis Irwin.

Everton[edit]

Neville warming up for Everton.

On 4 August 2005, Neville joined Everton on a five-year contract for a fee in excess of £3.5 million. He made his debut in a UEFA Champions League qualifier against Villarreal CF of Spain, coming face-to-face with his former Manchester United colleague Diego Forlán. The following weekend, Neville made his FA Premier League debut for the Toffees, against Manchester United. The match marked the first time Phil and brother Gary had played for opposing teams.

Neville's attitude, work-rate and willingness to play anywhere has seen him become one of manager David Moyes' favourites. On 8 August 2006 Neville was announced as vice captain to David Weir, and – on Weir's departure to Rangers in January 2007 – he became the club captain. In the Manchester United versus Everton match on 29 November 2006, Phil and his brother Gary became the first siblings to captain their respective clubs against each other in the Premier League.[4]

Neville commented in the press about the first ever red cards of his long career (he never received any playing for Manchester United), claiming that he would perhaps not have been booked in a game against Fulham if he had been playing for United. However, he finished with more cards than any other Premier League player in 2005–06 (including another red soon after his first).[5] Whilst at Manchester United he was booked many times, such as in the 2002–03 season when he got far more cards than any other United player in history, despite only starting 5 competitive games.[6] Additionally, in September 2003 Neville also received a warning from the FA regarding his future conduct for his behaviour after Manchester United's game against Arsenal.

Neville scored his first goal for Everton in a 3–0 Premier League victory against Newcastle United on 30 December 2006.

On 30 March 2008, Neville was assaulted by a Liverpool fan as he took a throw-in during the 1–0 Merseyside derby Premier League defeat at Anfield. On 24 April that year, the fan, 48-year-old Michael Blackmore, was later banned from all matches in England and Wales for three years after admitting common assault. He was also banned from Anfield for life by Liverpool Football Club officials.[7]

On 19 April 2009, Neville scored his penalty to help knock out his former club, Manchester United in a penalty shootout in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. He sent the keeper the wrong way, putting it low to the keeper's right. On 19 February 2011, Neville scored the winning penalty in the penalty shootout against Chelsea to knock them out of the FA Cup after a 1–1 draw at Stamford Bridge. On 9 April 2011, Neville scored against Wolves, his twelfth senior goal and his first in three years.

On 21 September, Neville scored in the League Cup game against West Bromwich Albion, this time a clinical effort which was the deciding goal in the game. The goal was taken gracefully by Neville who curled it in the top left hand corner of the net and was judged to be the Everton's goal of the season at the club's end of season awards.

On 9 April 2013 he announced that he will leave Everton at the end of the season when his contract ends.[8] He subsequently announced his retirement from professional football.[9]

International career[edit]

Neville has also regularly been picked for England squads, making his debut on his 19th birthday against China in 1996. He played alongside his brother Gary in this match; they had also appeared together in the 1996 FA Cup Final two weeks earlier and thus were the first pair of brothers to play together in an FA Cup-final winning side and for England in the same season since Hubert and Francis Heron in 1876, 120 years earlier.[10]

He was only briefly a regular first-choice player for the side, as a left back in 2000 under Kevin Keegan's management. In recent times he has struggled to make the squad with players such as Wayne Bridge being preferred as backup to Ashley Cole. He has, nonetheless, once briefly captained the side in a friendly match (a game in which England fielded four different captains).[11] Despite having been in the England squad at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 European Championships, and having 59 England caps (23 as a substitute), Neville has never been in an England World Cup squad.

Neville's England career included the honour of being the youngest member of Terry Venables' squad for Euro 96, though he never kicked a ball (his brother played in every match until the semi-finals); he was one of the players omitted at the last minute by Glenn Hoddle when he was selecting his final 22 for the 1998 World Cup. It is known that Hoddle's decision left Neville in tears, though media attention was almost entirely devoted to the exclusion of another player, Paul Gascoigne. Neville revealed in an interview that Gascoigne, not usually noted for his maturity, took the younger Neville brother under his wing and consoled him.

Keegan played Neville at left back in Euro 2000; Neville received criticism and a large proportion of blame for England's exit, when he committed a late foul on Viorel Moldovan which led to a penalty for Romania which Ionel Ganea scored to win the match.

Neither of the Neville brothers went to the 2002 World Cup – Phil was left out, while Gary was injured. Both were back in the squad for Euro 2004. The brothers played together for England for the first time in seven years in a friendly against Spain on 7 February 2007, which England lost 1–0. They hold the record number of England appearances by a pair of brothers (142) and the most starts in the same England team by two brothers (31).

During Fabio Capello's tenure as England manager, it was often suggested that Neville remained on the fringes of the England squad after his impressive form for Everton in the Premier League.[citation needed]

Neville was again not included in Sven-Göran Eriksson's squad for the World Cup 2006 as Eriksson wanted to give youth a chance. However, he was drafted into Eriksson's stand-by group of players after Nigel Reo-Coker withdrew through injury.[12] Neville remained in the England squad with new England manager Steve McClaren and started at right back against Andorra. He has not been called up since 2007.

Coaching career[edit]

Neville holds a UEFA B License.[13] On 23 February 2012 it was reported that Neville would help England's Under-21s coaching staff in the absence of Stuart Pearce in the European Championship qualifier against Belgium. The Everton captain received a special dispensation to help Brian Eastwick prepare the side for the game in Middlesbrough as Pearce would be in charge of the senior team in the friendly against the Netherlands at Wembley.[14][15] England defeated Belgium, 4–0. Continuing his work with the England U-21 side, in March 2013 it was announced that Neville will join the coaching staff of the England under-21s for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[16]

Neville has suggested that he would like to enter into management when his playing career comes to an end, he had previously sought advice from José Mourinho.[17]

In February 2013, it was reported that Neville was being considered for the England U20 managerial position for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[18]

In May 2013, Neville was interviewed by Bill Kenwright for the vacant manager's role at Everton, but the job went to Roberto Martínez.[19]

On 4 July 2013, Neville became first team coach of Manchester United, where he would be reunited with Manager David Moyes. It was announced on the same day Moyes named Ryan Giggs as player/coach.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

ClubSeasonLeagueCupLeague CupEuropeOther[21]Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Manchester United1994–95201000000030
1995–9624070201000340
1996–9718000104010240
1997–9830130107010421
1998–9928070206110441
1999–2000290009050430
2000–0129110206000381
2001–0228220107000382
2002–032512140120432
2003–0431030107110431
2004–0519050306010340
Total26353111706521003868
Everton2005–06340401040430
2006–073511020381
2007–08372005080502
2008–09370701020470
2009–10230200040290
2010–113113010351
2011–122706031361
2012–131805020250
Total24242801511803035
Career total505959132183210068913
As of match played 9 March 2013.[22][23][24]

International[edit]

England national team
YearAppsGoals
199610
199770
199850
199990
200080
200140
200230
200370
200460
200520
200620
200750
Total590

[25] managerclubs1 = Manchester United (Coach)

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Manchester United

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Neville attended Elton High School with his siblings. While in school, Phil captained his school football team throughout the whole five years he was there. Neville was also a talented cricketer in his youth, and a contemporary of England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff in Lancashire's Under-19 side, captaining England Under-15s.[26][27] Neville holds the record for being the youngest player to play for Lancashire's second XI at age 15.[28]

His mother Jill used to play netball in the local leagues, and is General Manager and Club Secretary for English Football League club Bury.[29]

Neville is married to Julie (née Killilea); the couple has a son, Harvey, and a daughter, Isabella. Isabella has cerebral palsy,[30] which has led to Neville becoming an ambassador of Bliss, the special care baby charity, and a patron of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital's New Children's Hospital Appeal.[31]

He made the property headlines in April 2008 when he struggled to sell his £4 million mansion in Lancashire.[32] In May 2009, he accepted a £2.6 million cash offer for the house from local businessman Matthew Greensmith.[33]

Media[edit]

He regularly appears as a pundit on football radio commentaries[34] and has appeared as pundit on BBC's Match of the Day. In November 2010 he became a top trending Twitter term after a strong performance against Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur lead to a tongue-in-cheek "Chuck Norris" style internet phenomenon.[35][36][37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 454. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 310. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  3. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2008). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2008–2009. London: Headline Publishing Group. p. 471. ISBN 978-0-7553-1820-9. 
  4. ^ Ferguson gamble pays off on non-vintage night[dead link]
  5. ^ Premier League Player Discipline – 2005/06
  6. ^ Manchester United – Player Roll Call 2002–2003
  7. ^ Ashford, Ben (25 April 2008). "Fan's 3-year ban for Neville punch". The Sun (London). Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Phil Neville to leave Everton at the end of the season". BBC Sport. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.espn.co.uk/football/sport/story/211341.html
  10. ^ "Red Anniversaries: 22–28 May". manutd.com. Retrieved 27 January 2008. 
  11. ^ "Terry's timing perfect again". The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 August 2006. 
  12. ^ "Neville in for injured Reo-Coker". BBC News. 22 May 2006. 
  13. ^ "Phil Neville passes 'vital experience' onto England's U21 side". The Daily Telegraph (London). 28 February 2012. 
  14. ^ Taylor, Daniel (23 February 2012). "Everton's Phil Neville joins England Under-21s coaching team". The Guardian (London). 
  15. ^ "Phil Neville takes coaching role with England U21". Sports Illustrated. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Phil Neville joins England Under-21 coaching staff for Euro 2013". The Guardian. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "When Jose met Phil". Daily Mail (London). 11 March 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Cheeky Torres poster outside Stamford Bridge puts Chelsea in a paddy". Daily Mail. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "Roberto Martínez set for second interview for Everton manager's job". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "Giggs appointed player-coach at United in first steps into management after Neville is reunited with Moyes as first-team coach". Daily Mail. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  21. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
  22. ^ Endlar, Andrew. "Phil Neville". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  23. ^ "Phil Neville Everton Profile". EvertonFC.com. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  24. ^ "Phil Neville Career Stats". Soccerbase. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  25. ^ "Phil Neville". National Football Teams. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  26. ^ "Phil Neville: Confessions of a Man Utd fan". The Independent. 16 December 2005. 
  27. ^ "Phil Neville to leave Everton at the end of the season". BBC Sport. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  28. ^ Slot, Owen (18 March 2008). "Athletics leads rush to rescue young talent from football's huge scrapheap". The Times. p. 88. 
  29. ^ "Tracey Neville: Natural successor to family business". independent.co.uk. 23 August 1998. 
  30. ^ "England star Phil Neville's joy at cerebral palsy daughter's first steps". Daily Mail (London). 17 July 2007. 
  31. ^ "Cause celeb: Neville on cerebral palsy". BBC News. 14 April 2009. 
  32. ^ "Sunnyside House – home of Phil Neville". The Guardian (London: Guardian News and Media). 3 April 2008. 
  33. ^ Haurant, Sandra (20 May 2009). "A Neville-ending property saga is resolved". The Guardian (London: Guardian News and Media). 
  34. ^ http://www.broadcasting.vitalfootball.co.uk/forum/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=30&start=65
  35. ^ http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/everton-fc/everton-fc-news/2010/11/03/everton-fc-captain-phil-neville-conquers-twitter-after-gareth-bale-s-champions-league-masterclass-100252-27595904/ Phil Neville on Twitter
  36. ^ http://www.evertonfc.com/news/archive/2010/11/03/neville-conquers-cyberspace- Neville conquers cyberspace
  37. ^ Collins, Nick (4 November 2010). "Phil Neville goes viral on Twitter". The Telegraph (London). 

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