The former Manchester United midfielder Phil Neville has said that he wants his current team Everton to qualify for the Champions League by finishing in the fourth position this season.
Everton have been for starters to the lead for the last few seasons, which have prevented them from mounting a real challenge for the top four positions. In the absence, clubs like Manchester city and Tottenham have regularly qualified for the European places. After having made a good start to the current season, Everton are currently in the fifth place and with a real chance of achieving Champions league qualification for the first time is 2005.
This is also the ambition of the midfielder Phil Neville, who recently made his return to the first-team action after being out for the last few weeks with an injury. Everton recently managed a 2-1 victory over West Ham during the weekend, which propelled them to the fifth position ahead of Tottenham. They are also just two points behind the third placed Chelsea, although they have played a game more than the European champions. Neville has revealed that Everton have a real chance of being in the top four by Christmas if they manage to continue the good run against Wigan as well.
“I think we are doing really well. I think next week, when we play Wigan, is the turn of the year, is the halfway point, and if we can be in fifth or fourth position, that’s where we wanted to be at the start of the season. That’s the goal that the manager set us, be in the top four or be in and around the top four by the time we get to Christmas,” said Neville. Despite this lofty position, Everton have had just two victories in the last five matches.
The Everton manager David Moyes has revealed that he is looking to offer the veteran players Phil Neville and Sylvain Distin new contracts. Both the players have been at Everton for a considerable amount of time and their contracts comes to an end at the end of this season.
David Moyes has said that he is keen to retain the services of both players. The former Manchester United midfielder Phil Neville has been one of the outstanding players for Everton over the years. At 36 and 35 years of age of respectively, they may not have lot in terms of the football abilities, but they give Everton a lot of experience.
It is expected that both players will be offered one year extension to their current contracts. Even though we have been excellent to the club over the years, Moyes has urged them to not feel bad about being offered only a one-year extension because it is a decision made with their age in mind. He has said that he is yet to discuss the contract position of both the players with the chairman, but will be doing so after the end of the year. It is likely that both players will be offered new deals in February or March.
“We are monitoring Phil’s position but, if you were asking me, I’d say: ‘Let’s give him another year’s contract and keep it going’. I’d say the same for Sylvain Distin, who is in the same position. With all due respect, when you get to their age, they understand most things are on one-year deals or rolling contracts. Both of them have been excellent and I’d have no qualms recommending to the board that we give them another year’s contract,” said David Moyes. Everton will be facing a trip to Reading during the weekend.
Phil Neville has said that if he is offered a new deal by Everton, he would be more than happy to continue playing for the club. Neville’s contract with Everton is going to expire at the end of the current season.
Neville said that he is not thinking too much about the new contract. If his contract gets extended, it would be great, but, if the club decides to release him, he might look for opportunities outside England.
Neville has become 35 years of age now and according to some reports, Everton is not interested in extending Neville’s contract. As per Neville, he still has 2 or 3 years of football left in him and he would not think about retirement even if he would be released by Everton at the end of this season. He would not mind playing in some other country.
Neville has been playing for Everton since a long time. He had joined the club in August 2005. Everton had bought Neville from Manchester United after paying a transfer fee which was reported to be somewhere around 3.5 million pounds. He played his first match for Everton against the Spanish club Villarreal CF in a Champions League qualifier. He proved to be a very good buy for Everton. He gave some amazing performances for the club over the years. He was appointed as the club’s captain in 2007 and he has been leading the side since then.
Neville had spent some time with the England U21 side earlier this year and helped the young players. On being asked about that, Neville said that there are some highly talented guys in the England U21 team. They were full of energy in the camp and it was wonderful to spend some time with the youngsters. As per Neville, he would love to be a coach once his playing career gets over.
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Everton midfielder Phil Neville has said that he wants to continue playing for three more years before retiring from professional football. The 35-year-old is one of the experienced members of the Everton squad after having experienced some of the biggest matches in world football. However, his future has always been speculated that the last few seasons, with many suggesting that Phil Neville could go into retirement this season. The former Manchester United player has been taking his coaching badges and has also been involved in some international tournaments with the England national team as part of the coaching staff.
Phil Neville has accepted that he is indeed looking at going on to coaching once his playing career is over, but reckons that he has the quality and ability to continue playing for a few more years. Phil Neville has been one of the consistent players at Everton, and has been a huge boost for the manager David Moyes, who has been struggling with the lack of finances for a number of years now. The 35-year-old was a £ 3.5 million signing from Manchester United back in 2005. He is fast approaching 20 years of professional football since he made his debut for the Manchester club 19 years ago.
“I worked quite hard over the summer. I went on holiday but I trained at a facility for a couple for weeks. That is par for the course now. Particularly when you are getting older, you have to stay ahead of the game. At the clinics I went to over the summer to do my training I learned that age is just a number. I want to play football for as long as I possibly can: two, three more years hopefully at the top level,” said Phil Neville on the official website of the club.
Everton veteran Phil Neville has said that he is extremely confident that David Moyes will remain as the Everton manager for many years to come.
There has been recent speculation that David Moyes, who has been at Goodison Park for the last decade, will quit as the Everton manager in the summer after growing frustrated about managing the club.
Everton have been in dire financial situation for many seasons now. It has prevented David Moyes from spending money in order to improve the team, while he has also witnessed the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham continue to go from strength to strength.
As a result, it is thought that David Moyes will now finally be interested in a new challenge, which would see him leave Goodison Park after 10 years in charge. Even though he has not won any major trophy with Everton, he came extremely close to winning the FA Cup final with the club a few seasons ago. However, Phil Neville has said that he does not expect David Moyes to depart the club because he has done a sterling job and wants to continue doing so. Moyes has been praised for the way he has been able to get the best out of the club despite spending very little sums of money.
“The way he has managed us in the last month or two suggests to me that he is in it for the long-term. He has been fantastic and rotated the team, something this club hasn’t been able to do before. The lads have really embraced that. He is ambitious and he wants to get to the top. He wants to do that with Everton. We’ve just got to make sure we stop slipping up at this stage of games,” said Phil Neville quashing rumours linking with David Moyes quitting.
Everton midfielder Phil Neville has said that the lack of investment at the club is proving to be a major hindrance towards the development of the club both on and off the field.
The former Manchester United midfielder has also said that Everton do need to find a new investor in order to progress ahead of the other clubs because the lower clubs are catching Everton pretty quickly. Everton chairman Bill Kenright is renowned to be one of the best chairman’s in Premier League, but he has not been able to provide the necessary funds required to take Everton to the next level.
It was only a few years ago that they seem like challenging for the Champions League positions, but now the arrival of cash rich Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur has changed the playing field a lot. Phil Neville says that with the arrival of the clubs, it will be harder for Everton to challenge for the top honours in the near future without the presence of further investment. Further, many clubs from the bottom are also quickly catching Everton in terms of the playing levels. Phil Neville seems to have attributed this to the teams like Stoke city and Newcastle United.
“[It is] a massive disappointment sometimes. You get a little bit frustrated because we know we are a club on the verge of doing something special. Taking that next step. Over the six or seven years I’ve been here, we’ve been so close – and yet so far at times,” Phil Neville said when asked about Everton’s inability to challenge for the Champions League positions in recent times. Everton are currently in the 12th position, which is very far from the European qualification places they used to challenge only a few seasons ago.