Everton star risks wrath of fans

14 September 2010

Everton captain Phil Neville has risked the ire of the Goodison Park faithful by publically talking up his manager David Moyes’ chances of being Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United.

Feeling his way back in after a knock, Neville was an unused substitute when the Toffees and the Red Devils played out a thrilling 3-3 draw on Saturday, making it three seasons in a row that United have failed to pick up maximum points from a trip to Everton.

And, given the sense that there is now less between the two sides than there has been at any time during the Premier League era, former United man Neville’s comments are unlikely to go down well with Everton supporters.

Neville told the Sunday Herald: “The pinnacle of [managerial] jobs in the world must be Old Trafford.

“In my mind, there is no shadow of doubt that, when Sir Alex chooses to retire, David Moyes is far from unimaginable as his successor. As yet he might not have won a trophy but he’s top three in this division.

“For Everton, it would be no shame to have the manager offered the chance to take over at United – just so long as we’ve won that trophy first.”