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Phil Neville Retires

Laurence Griffiths

After announcing earlier this year that he would be ending his Everton career, Phil Nevile has now announced that he will be retiring from football. The former Manchester United made his intentions public today, and appears to have several offers to choose from.

Neville's career spanned 18 years with 2 clubs, culminating in 692 appearances for club, and 59 for country. Along the way he scored 9 goals for his clubs, but never got on the board for England. The midfielder was part of a Manchester United side that collected a fair few trophies.

His move to Everton was a bit of a surprise, but he quickly endeared himself to the fans through his hard work and determination. Eventually he was handed the captains armband and did well to guide Everton over the past few seasons.

As for the future, it seems all but certain it will be in coaching in some form. Neville has been spending the past few weeks working with England's U21s under Stuart Pearce, and from all accounts his performance has been fantastic.

Neville recently completed his 'A' coaching license at the National Coaching Center, and has been linked with the vacant managerial spot at Brighton. By all accounts he was also a candidate during Everton's recent managerial search, but did not seem to be one of the final candidates.

He will certainly be one to watch in the future, and it isn't impossible to think that he could return to Goodison Park at some time in the future.