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Name Phil Neville
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
  England Women Manager
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Org England National Team
  England Women National Team
Club as Player Manchester United
Owner Salford City


Wife Julie Neville
Teammate David Beckham
  Paul Scholes
  Roy Keane
  Ryan Giggs
  Gary Neville


Salford City Gary Neville, along with his brother Phil, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes is a co-owner of Salford City

2009 07 08 Retrieve

[Everton defender Phil Neville remains convinced that the English Premier League is still the most exciting domestic competition in Europe, despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent suggestion that the Spanish Primera Division is superior] It’s all because of one man and one man’s wealth that players are going to Real Madrid. From an English football point of view I was gutted to see Cristiano Ronaldo leave. I think he brought a lot to the Premier League, everyone enjoyed playing against him, he is the best player in the world and he entertains people. We want the best players to be playing in the Premier League because we feel we play the best football and we have the best product over here. Real Madrid are spending money but I still believe the Premier League is the best, the most exciting, the most honest, the most entertaining and we can be proud of that

[Neville had the choice as a youngster between a career in football or professional cricket, and it is the summer game that will be occupying a large part of his thoughts over the remainder of the summer, with England and Australia battling for the Ashes in a series beginning today] I couldn’t wait for the Ashes. It’s going to be a really fiercely contested series. England look like they’ve refound their form and Australia look like a team in transition. We’ve got (Andrew) Flintoff fit, (Kevin) Pietersen fit - all the big guns. For me it’s one of the best duals in sport and there’s nothing better than beating the Aussies! My money is on England, no doubt about it.

2013 03 14 Retrieve

[Phil Neville eyeing career in county cricket after retirement from football] One hundred per cent, I will play cricket again in a couple of years time if my career ends. That is the first thing I am going to do; I am going to get back doing something I love. People sometimes fear retirement but I am looking forward to it because I can go and do something I love. To get the chance at my stage in my life to get back involved with Lancashire is great because I love going to Old Trafford to watch

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Phil Neville on Paul Scholes] Paul, for me, is the best player in the England team. It worries teams. Speak to any other international team and they will single Paul out as England’s key player. For me, he doesn’t get the full credit that he deserves. He is a world-class player and deserves to be up there with the likes of Zidane and Figo

2015 01 10 Retrieve

[Julie Neville on her husband Phil’s domestic abilities] Ironing? Oh, gosh no, he wouldn’t even know where we keep the ironing board. He wouldn’t know how to turn an oven on. If you’d seen [his first attempt to make coffee], it you would not have thought it was classed as a coffee. I didn’t taste it, but it didn’t look good. All his talent is in his toes, that’s for certain.

2017 03 10 Retrieve

[Quotes on Frank Lampard] I think as a goalscoring midfielder, Frank was the best in Premier League history. You can’t take that away

2017 03 11 Retrieve

[Phil Neville compares Manchester City winger Leroy Sane with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale] When I see Leroy Sane play, I remember Gareth Bale when he went from Southampton to Tottenham. Early in the season, you thought ‘Sane, oh he’s young, a little bit weak, he’s not used to English football’ – Gareth Bale was like that but what I’m seeing now is something similar to Gareth Bale. The way he has devastating pace, the way he goes past people with that power and pace. Simplicity at times, he’s not someone who’ll do two, three step-overs, it’s running behind, pace, and devastating finish. He could be a sensational player

2017 09 23 Retrieve

[Phil Neville speaks about Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford’s qualities] Everybody praises Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe but nobody talks about Marcus Rashford in this country. Because he’s English we just say ‘he plays on the left wing, he’s OK’. He is up there with Dembele and Mbappe, who also play on either wing. People say you have to play Rashford as a centre forward but you can play him anywhere because he is good enough. Rashford is in the same bracket as those two - £100m-£150m players - he is every bit as good as those two and can be in the future because he is improving every season. He broke in under Louis van Gaal and set the world on fire, in his second season under Jose Mourinho everyone thought he wouldn’t play but he did in all the big games. Now he is adding goals to his game and he can be absolutely world class

2018 09 01 Retrieve

[England women’s national team manager Phil Neville speaks about how he relates with his players] I text them individually and we have 30 WhatsApp groups, one for every player. It’s the only way we can be in constant contact. It means that every single minute of the day I know what players are doing. I know every part of their lives. I know about their animals; if they’ve got a dog I know its name. My players love their dogs. I know about their partners, I know if they go to the cinema – it’s the detail you need to be successful. If they have an ice cream I know about it

2019 03 02 Retrieve

[Phil Neville’s approach to building his team for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019] Everybody’s equal, that’s the beauty of our squad. Everybody has a chance to go to the World Cup. It’s how I wanted it. It’s how it was in my career. At any given time, if you deserve to be in that team, in that squad – I will pick you

: 2019 07 31 Phil Neville among the nominees for this year’s Best FIFA Women’s Coach award

2019 09 03 Retrieve

[Phil Neville has called links to the U.S. national team position flattering] There’s been no approach. My focus is on winning us a gold medal in the Olympics. It’s flattering because it means you’re doing a good job. My focus is England. I love this job

[Neville insisted that he had plenty of work to do in his current position after England drew Belgium 3-3 last week before Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Norway] We’ve got a big job to do, you can see over the last two games that the work is still in progress, and we’ve still got a way to go

2019 09 24 Retrieve

[Toni Duggan will miss England Women’s upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Portugal but Jordan Nobbs returns to the squad after recovering from injury] It will be great to be back in front of our fans again after two away matches. I know playing in Middlesbrough will mean passionate support and the big crowd we’re expecting shows just how much the team connected with the public in the summer. This game - and the match at Wembley against Germany in November - will be our chance to say ‘thank you’ to them. For us as a coaching team we are working towards EURO 2021 and every camp is vital for our tournament preparation. We cannot afford to waste a day and those players we have picked are aware there are others pushing them hard for their spot. With the Olympics also coming next summer, we know we have to finish an excellent year of progress on a high

2019 08 08 Retrieve

[Phil Neville says Romelu Lukaku was never right for Manchester United] He started well, didn’t he? He started well. I’ll be honest with you, I never felt as if he was a United centre forward. That was my feeling. But he started well, then obviously he lost a little bit of confidence and then found it difficult to get back up to form. I think there was always that feeling of was he fit enough? And was his style suited to playing football for Manchester United? That was my question. He’ll always score goals wherever he goes. He’ll score goals for Inter. But the way you want to play, you’ve got to fit the right people on the bus and Romelu Lukaku was never that person

2019 08 09 Retrieve

[Phil Neville claims Romelu Lukaku was never the right fit for the footballing philosophies at Old Trafford] I’ll be honest with you, I never felt as if he was a United centre forward. That was my feeling. But he started well, then obviously he lost a little bit of confidence and then found it difficult to get back up to form. I think there was always that feeling of was he fit enough? And was his style suited to playing football for Manchester United? That was my question. He’ll always score goals wherever he goes. He’ll score goals for Inter. But the way you want to play, you’ve got to fit the right people on the bus and Romelu Lukaku was never that person

2019 08 09b Retrieve

[England Women Team manager Phil Neville on Lucy Bronze] What you have seen tonight is that Lucy Bronze is the best player in the world: there is no player like her, no player who has her athleticism and quality. I played full-back but never to that level she played at

2019 08 10 Retrieve

[Phil Neville before England’s quarter-final with Norway] Ellen White’s taken her game to another level. People thought she was a grafter, a hard worker who did a job for the team. But I’ve not seen a better centre-forward in this tournament

2019 08 14 Retrieve

[Phil Neville hails change in attitude at Old Trafford] It’s early days. From what I’ve seen in pre-season, it’s been a real together, unified team. I’ve seen a team that play a certain way with a certain system. There’s been a shift in culture in terms of the players they’ve brought in. The signings that Ole has made, and with the likes of Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong coming into the squad, the bare minimum is that we’re going to see a Man United team that are going to fight to the end. The best moment for me on Sunday was when Daniel James scored that goal. The emotion on his face and what it meant to him. I think Manchester United should mean something to you

There are probably more skilful players, and players with better reputations than McTominay, but if you’re talking about character and resilience, that lad has gone through it all to get to where he wants to be. And that’s through sheer hard work, dedication and training, doing extra. It’s no coincidence that Jose Mourinho picked him in the biggest games against Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, and Ole’s doing the same now. And there’s nothing better. A level-headed young lad who is working his socks off. The fundamental basis of any successful person is hard work, and Scott McTominay is doing that in abundance.

2019 10 04 Retrieve

[England manager Phil Neville has challenged Beth Mead to reach Megan Rapinoe’s levels after a fine start to the season with Arsenal] Beth’s in the best place she’s been in. We were quite tough on her coming off the back of the World Cup and she’s answered everything we’ve asked of her. In terms of players that score goals and assist, I don’t think there’s anyone like her in our team, she assists and scores in most games that she plays. Her delivery, think back to the World Cup, the cross in the semi-final for Ellen [White], she has an impact in every single game, now it’s just the consistency. We saw Rapinoe win the big [FIFA The Best] award last week, on the big occasions she delivers. That’s the challenge we’ve set Beth: Do you want to get to that level? We’ve shown her the stats, the assists, the goals, we’ve said do you want to reach for the moon? You can go left or right here. Do you want to do OK, which is what we’ve seen, or go to the next level?

[Fellow centre-backs Millie Bright and Abbie McManus have withdrawn from the current squad, who will take on Brazil on Saturday 5 October before travelling to Portugal. That means 22-year-old Williamson is now in line for her first start since before the World Cup, when she was in the line-up for England’s 2-0 win over Denmark] I think what you’ll see from Leah Williamson when she starts tomorrow is her go to the next level. She’s been patient. What we’ve said to Leah is she might play in defence or midfield, I see her as both, I really do with her composure and quality. That girl has to play for England sooner or later

2019 10 05 Retrieve

[Mead proves she’s more than ready to rise to Neville’s Rapinoe challenge after starring against Brazil] We saw Rapinoe win the big award last week, on the big occasions she delivers. That’s the challenge we’ve set Beth: Do you want to get to that level? We’ve shown her the stats, the assists, the goals, we’ve said do you want to reach for the moon? You can go left or right here. Do you want to do OK, which is what we’ve seen, or go to the next level?

2019 10 06 Retrieve

[Phil Neville insists he is not worried about England’s run of five games without a win] No. I’ll sleep well when we play like that. We have to win football games. It’s not just a ‘Let’s just keep everybody happy’ type role. The FA want me to win football matches, so I want to be judged like any other manager. We have to grow the game, but we also have to win football matches. That’s not changed from day one. It’s just, at this moment in time, what’s happening on the left-hand side in terms of the growth is really fast and really exciting, and we need to keep moving at a similar speed on the right-hand side by winning games

[Neville confirmed that Jordan Nobbs, only recently back from an ACL injury, won’t play in Portugal] There are a couple of young players. Lauren Hemp’s been training with us all week, Chloe Kelly, and Ellie Roebuck is with us as well, so there’s a couple of young players that we want to have a look at.

[It could also be a chance for goal-scorer England to start. Neville will hope she can provide what the Lionesses need, especially with Ellen White out injured] If you look at the way Ellen played in the World Cup, and Jodie Taylor in the [2017] Euros, that’s the level we want in terms of being clinical. Beth England came on and scored the goal, and we’re looking for that hunger and ruthlessness in the final third. It’s not just the centre-forward, the attacking front six need to contribute by being ruthless. They need to make sure we punish teams. We want to score the perfect goal sometimes, but sometimes just lashing the ball in the back of the net is the best thing. I’d say that was probably our biggest downfall [against Brazil]

2019 10 13 Retrieve

[Millie Bright’s excellent form for Chelsea poses a centre-back conundrum for England boss Phil Neville that looks extremely difficult to solve] There comes a point in a young player’s development where you physically can’t leave them out. When you put them in a game you know how they are going to perform. Now she’s ready

[He said after his side beat Manchester United 1-0, fresh off the back of travelling to Italy to face Fiorentina] It’s a new experience for us and to be brutally honest we are still getting used to it, it was a long week

2019 10 21 Retrieve

[Phil Neville says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set his Manchester United team up perfectly for Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford on Sunday] Tactically, Ole got it really spot on. Five at the back, they defended the middle of the pitch really well, the three centre-backs, in particular, defended the goal really well, every cross that came in from wide areas they were set. Just that cross at the end when it gets fired across the box. Rojo just lost a little bit of concentration and it got punished. Liverpool did finish really strong and United will feel like that’s two points dropped

[The ex-United defender also questioned Solskjaer’s decision not to bring Anthony Martial and Brandon Williams on until the dying minutes of the match, leaving them little to time to make an impact] The momentum did change. I thought the substitutions of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana and Keita just gave them a bit of impetus in terms of energy and United didn’t make the substitutions. They brought Martial on … I thought maybe just five or 10 minutes too late to change the momentum. You could see that United were camped in. I don’t know what Rojo was doing for the goal. He had no need to go ahead of the other centre-back, he stays in his slot and he picks up Lallana. But I thought it was an outstanding performance from United. Full of energy, they played a more direct style and at the end, the fans were dead because of the effort the players put in. They didn’t get their just rewards

2019 10 29 Retrieve

[England manager Phil Neville has named his 21-strong squad for the forthcoming clashes against Germany and the Czech Republic] This is going to be a momentous occasion in the history of women’s football in England. To have sold out Wembley Stadium for the first time and to have potentially over 80,000 fans cheering on our team will not only be record-breaking, it will be an incredibly proud and humbling experience for myself and my players and staff. It will be a hugely significant landmark moment on our journey and we are all extremely honoured to be playing a part in that. But it will also be a moment for us to say thank you and show our enormous appreciation to all those players throughout the history of the women’s game in England whose hard work, determination and resilience in far tougher times has helped bring us to where we are today.

The hairs will be standing up on the backs of our necks a week on Saturday when we walk out onto the Wembley pitch. I’m delighted that so many of England’s former players are able to join us for an occasion which celebrates the achievements of every one of them. There’s an incredible amount of work that goes on behind the scenes at The FA to help us attract huge crowds like this and I want to thank everyone for their tremendous support. On my recent travels around Europe to watch my players I can tell you that what’s happening in England - the way the Lionesses have connected with the nation and the attendances in the Barclays FAWSL and of course at Wembley - is attracting huge admiration from other nations

2019 11 08 Retrieve

[Phil Neville believes England will have to give one of their best performances under his charge if they are to beat Germany on Saturday evening] They are in a state of transition but they still maintain their spot – second in the world. They are Germans, they know what they are doing. They are consistent and that’s what you will see tomorrow. You will see a team that won’t fold. You will see a team that will be disciplined, a team that won’t be scared of that occasion and we will have to play probably as good as we’ve ever played under me to get that win tomorrow

[Neville believes they have been a different team over the last few months] They have scored 31 goals in the last four games haven’t they? Albeit they have played some pretty good games. I thought they missed Marozsan massively in the World Cup. I’ve got to say, if she would have been fit like we know her then they could have easily got to the final instead of the Netherlands – I think they would have beat Sweden. I think that was a big loss for them at the World Cup. My second game was against them and since then no one has really spoken about them. They’ve changed the coach, changed a little bit of the system - they’ve got, probably three or four different systems that could play at any given time tomorrow

[Neville has his own experiences of beating Germany to draw on too] The game in Charleroi [Euro 2000] was my first experience of the rivalry between both countries. We had Kevin Keegan as a manager, who obviously played in Hamburg and knew about the rivalry and it was the supporters really. When you come into these types of games, it’s the fans that remember the rivalry

[That’s not to say the rivalry is lost among the players though, either] I was in Lyon last week and obviously Dzsenifer Marozsan was there, and you see that this is the game that they want to play in. They obviously want us to go out to Germany at some point and play because I think England vs Germany is still one of the biggest and best fixtures on the calendar

2019 11 09 Retrieve

[Phil Neville says he is happy to take full responsibility for England’s poor form of late] I’ve got to take responsibilities for those results, the buck has got to start and finish with me. The team reflects the manager and the team aren’t good enough [right now] which means I’m not good enough

[When asked if England’s level had dropped since their return from France] There is no hiding from that fact. One in seven is totally unacceptable. It is not what I see as success and we need to do something about it very quickly. We can talk about the emotional highs about the World Cup, but when you get into November that becomes an excuse

[The Lionesses must pick themselves up quickly for a trip to the Czech Republic for another friendly on Tuesday] They’ve got to go again on Tuesday. It’s a challenge, it’s my job to make sure that they’re in the right frame of mind and to pick the right team on Tuesday. To get the right result in the Czech Republic will be a massive test for us now in terms of how our players can respond to disappointments. You think about the games in tournaments that we’ve got coming up. Games in a short space of time happened in the Olympics, they happened in the Euros. We’ve got to recover quickly. And we’ve got to make sure that we produce

2019 11 09b Retrieve

[Phil Neville reflects on the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019] I’d say if I was looking back at two things that I learned in the summer: one was that, without doubt, they were the best 52 days of my career. Living, breathing World Cup football at the top level against the best coaches and the best teams, it was a phenomenal experience

2019 11 09c Retrieve

[Neville’s Lionesses have flaws exposed by Germany in front of record-breaking Wembley crowd] This is the type of game where there are no excuses. We’re in the best shape since we’ve come back from the World Cup and it’s now going out and delivering on the biggest stage

2019 11 10 Retrieve

[Phil Neville takes full responsibility for poor England form] As a manager you want to live and die by your beliefs, but ultimately the run that we are on means something has to change. Performance levels have to change and it is up to me to find that formula. I take responsibility for that. Our tactic [vs Germany] was to go away from the style of performance we have promoted and play more direct. There were probably more forward balls played down the side than have ever been played under my tenure

[Neville adamant that his team need to play attractive, attacking football – and get results] For the long-term development of English football and the long term development of the Lionesses we have to play this style of football. It is the right way to play, it is the England DNA. It is the way Gareth [Southgate] is playing, that I am playing, that the pathway coaches are playing on both sides, it is what we believe in. I do think it is the right way to play football, it is just we need to get better at it faster than we are at the moment.

We are being punished for mistakes, for the expansiveness of our style, but we need to get better because the mistakes are coming not because of the shape we are in but little technical errors that we are working on all the time. I am hoping, and [this is] what we are working on, that the DNA we want to set into the players [comes] eventually, at the big occasion. Whether [that is] at the Olympics, or Euro 2021 or the World Cup in 2023, this is the way we are going as the FA, as a group of coaches. For me it is the only way to play: entertaining, attacking football. I know we have to win games, and we have won games, but at the moment we are not and we have to look at a way of finding a tweak to make sure we start winning games again

[Asked whether he believes it is an issue within the squad and his players] I’d go to my grave with these players and their attitudes. That’s why I want to take responsibility. My performances haven’t been good enough and you can see that with the results we’ve got. I will protect them. They know they’ve got my trust and belief, but we’ve got to make sure we’re better

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[England’s Phil Neville dilemma: Post-World Cup wobble morphing into identity crisis] There is no hiding from the fact. One in seven is totally unacceptable. It is not what I see as success and it’s something that I think we need to do something about very quickly. I’ve got to take responsibility for those results. The buck has got to start with me and finish with me, ultimately, because the team always reflects the manager, and at this moment in time the results haven’t been good enough which means that I’ve not been good enough

2020 01 03 Retrieve

[Phil Neville urges Man Utd to add creativity in January amid Jack Grealish & James Maddison rumours] Look, they didn’t deserve to win but I thought we had chances in the game where you could have played a pass through, where you needed that extra bit of quality. I think this is where Ole Gunnar needs to strengthen. Moments where the right weight, the right pass, pass to the right side. I totally agree [the defence] is not good enough but I always think the defending side of the game is easier to rectify, to get better. It’s the final end of the pitch where you need to spend money, where you win Champions Leagues and where you win Premier Leagues

You can see the squad and sometimes you think, yeah, one or two additions would do nicely because we are building towards something. It just depends on if what we think will be right for us will be available. Of course it’s playing on our decision-making when we’ve got two players out for a bit, Scott McTominay for two months and Paul Pogba for a month. That gives us less options and we have loads of games and important games. But it still has to be right and that’s the big point here, if someone is available and something is possible we’ll do it. We’re looking at one or two

2020 01 23 Retrieve

[Phil Neville says Solskjaer needs time at Man Utd & two January signings] It’s a massive concern. I think they’ve got to stick with him [Solskjaer]. The squad to me looks light, it looks inexperienced, it looks weighed down by the expectation. I think they need two signings in this window to have any success this season. There’s bits I see from them that I think, ‘They’re heading in the right direction’. The youth side, the energy around the place. It’s just that lack of quality. United are where they are at this moment in time and people have got to accept it

2020 02 18 Retrieve

[Phil Neville has named his full 23-woman squad for the upcoming tournament] This is an exciting moment for the England Women’s team. With eight of our squad under the age of 23 - and six of them having competed in the WU20 FIFA World Cup - we are focusing on developing the incredible young talent we have in the women’s game with a keen eye on Euro 2021 in 16 months’ time

All of the young players who have been given their opportunity today have earned their places on merit, based on exceptional form and performances at club level as well as for England’s development teams, and I am delighted to be giving them all the opportunity they rightly deserve

Of course we will continue to rely enormously on the world-class senior players who have been the mainstay of the England Women’s squad for many years. They know what it takes to succeed on the world stage and they can teach our younger players so much about the physical and mental standards required to compete at the very top level

It’s also important that we continue our policy of integrating other talented youngsters on camp wherever possible so they can benefit from the experience of training with the Lionesses, and to that end, we look forward to welcoming Hannah Hampton and Alessia Russo to the group

Despite a largely successful 2019 World Cup campaign, we knew we needed to make significant changes to our approach if we are to be ready to win Euro 2021 on home soil next year

This squad is the realisation of months of hard work and refocusing which we have done as a team behind the scenes in recent months

Having welcomed new senior staff including Dawn Scott, who is leading on physical performance and nutrition, we can be confident that we are taking the right approach to maximise our chances of success not just at SheBelieves, but for the mid to long-term future of the England Women’s team

2020 02 22 Retrieve

[Phil Neville’s selection was announced on Tuesday] This is a vital time to expose Sandy MacIver and Ellie Roebuck to the exposure of playing in one of the best tournaments outside of the major tournaments. If we get to Euro 2021 and people like Sandy and Ellie haven’t had that kind of experience, then we would have failed as coaches in terms of our planning of their development

2020 02 22b Retrieve

[England coach Phil Neville on facing USA in the upcoming SheBelieves Cup in March] We want to be the biggest threat to them. We want to overtake them. That’s the aim. Not just to get level with them, we want to overtake them. The more we play them, the more that we compete against them, the more confidence we’ll have

2020 02 23 Retrieve

[Old Trafford to host England’s Women’s Euro 2021 opener] It doesn’t get much bigger than managing your country at a home Euros and to have the opportunity to do so at a stadium that holds so many memories for me is huge. Old Trafford has a special place in my heart, but it is also one of the country’s most iconic football grounds, so today’s announcement is a significant one for the tournament. I’m looking forward to kicking off our campaign in Manchester and to offering fans across the country the chance to watch the elite women’s game on home turf next summer

2020 02 26 Retrieve

[Phil Neville hopes the Lionnesses put in a strong showing stateside] We have to start beating the USA and beating the top teams in the world consistently. You can probably only judge when it comes to a major tournament and you start winning major tournaments like the USA have. We have just employed Dawn Scott, a fitness coach, who has been to the World Cup and won and been to Olympics Games and won and that is where you judge yourself, in the best moments and the best competitions, but along the way you have to experience what it takes to win

2020 03 12 Retrieve

[Phil Neville’s England have hit the skids after SheBelieves Cup failure] I’ve got to start earning my coin, being a better manager - and the results need to improve. Ultimately, we need to find the formula. I think we need to take a step back now and start building the foundations again - getting back to the brilliant basics

[After last night’s defeat] I went through five managers in Valencia with better records than I’ve got at this moment in time. David Moyes lost his job at Manchester United with probably a better record than I’ve got so I take responsibility

2020 03 19 Retrieve

[Speaking after he had announced his SheBelieves Cup squad, which included Telford rather than Earps] Ultimately, it was a choice between Telford and Earps because I was never going to take a keeper of that experience and not play them. I have explained to Mary that this is a one-off decision. It was a choice between which experienced keeper I would take to support the two young ones

2020 04 24 Retrieve

[Phil Neville to leave role as England head coach when contract expires in 2021] As a result of the changes to the proposed tournament scheduling we will now be working to plan for a revised match calendar once it is safe and appropriate to do so. I am looking forward to getting back to work with the team as soon as possible. We have a fantastic squad of players and there is plenty to work on as we look to progress as a team going into 2021

2020 04 30 Retrieve

[Phil Neville wants to move into club management after leaving England] We’ve got another eight camps and maybe an Olympics to go to, so it’s in the back of my mind. I approach it as I did with the end of my career, as I did when I joined Valencia, that’s with a completely open mind. Whatever opportunities come my way, I will think about them. Ultimately, the biggest thing I want to do is finish the job with the Lionesses, which I’ve absolutely loved. I think what I would say is that international management can be really frustrating. You only get the girls for 12 days and it’s really intense - then you let them go back to their club managers and you can’t impact them for another three or four weeks. I think, when you’re young in management and you’ve got that energy, the day-to-day is probably now the next thing I’m looking for. I want to impact players more than on the international level

[Neville is disappointed with the way things have worked out, but vowed to give his best to the role in his final months in charge] It was strange really because I still have 14 months left on my contract. I was getting messages from players thinking I was leaving straight away. My aim was to manage at the Euros next summer, with the first game being at Old Trafford, but, because that was put back, it got out that I wouldn’t be in charge for the Euros in 2022. Ultimately, I think it’s died down now and it’s just business as usual really. There’s still a long way to go

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Phil Neville says Manchester United have rediscovered their direction under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] I love what’s going on. I know there was a little bit of negativity and stuff, but I remember watching a game – I think it was Aston Villa, 2-2 – and I came away and I just saw a different type of football. Faster, more energy, and more forward-thinking. It was actually good to watch. I spoke to Ole – I drop him a text every now and then – and just ‘keep going, I think the fans are actually liking what they’re seeing’. Regardless of Ole being a legend of the club, the signings in the summer were young, adventurous, they gave the club a little bit of energy, and I think you can see the direction now that the club is going in. I think we’ve not had that now for probably two or three years. He’s going to get time; he’s blooding all these young players. When I speak to United supporters outside the ground, I can see a genuine energy and a genuine feeling that regardless of the results or where we are in the table, I think they can see the pathway and the journey that we’re going now. It’s what we want to see as a Man United supporter, and we’re all Man United fans. I think we have to go away from the fact from signing these big galacticos and all that, and just sign good, young, hungry players that are going to come in and make this club better.

You can’t change the philosophy or the history of the club. The whole club’s been successful in buying good, young, hungry players or producing good, young, hungry players. You look at Brandon [Williams] and Mason [Greenwood] that have come in this season… Jimmy Garner, who’s probably close. You’ve got so many young players coming through, and we’ve got a manager who wants to put them in and build teams round them. You go back to [Matt] Busby, you go back to all the great managers, and that’s what they’ve done. It’s not rocket science, and probably we went away from that with the previous two managers that we had

2020 05 11 Retrieve

[Manchester United’s decision to sign Kleberson and Eric Djemba-Djemba forced Phil Neville out of Old Trafford] At the end I was really frustrated. It was probably in my last 18 months, where playing once every two or three weeks, or once every two or three games was not enough for me. I was 27, 28, I’d accepted it for much of my career with great players around me. Then we had a few players that came in like Kleberson, Djemba-Djemba, and they started to play in front of me, and that was a real wake-up call for me, that I wasn’t going to accept anymore. I spoke to Sir Alex. We both found it difficult, and agreed that it was probably best for me as an individual was to leave. It took a lot because United was my club, but I think it was the best thing that I did

[Quizzed on that, the current coach of the England’s Women’s team] I think it was [a weakness]. It was in a way that I could never nail myself to one particular position, but what I would say is I played so many games in my career because I could play in so many positions. Sir Alex would always say to me I was so valuable because of my versatility, so I rather looked at it from a positive side - but looking back, if I’d have nailed a position, I maybe would have been a bit more successful

2020 05 28 Retrieve

[Phil Neville says he always intended to leave the England Women’s team after three years to take a job in club football] My plan was always just to go for the three years and then get into day-to-day running of a club job, which would be what I wanted to do. It’s been brilliant and I’ve loved every minute of it, but ultimately you don’t get to see the players. You don’t get to impact them every single day, which is now what I feel I need to do. The plan was always to do the three years. I had a World Cup, I had the Olympics - which [would have been] this summer - and then there’s the Euros in England next summer. That was my three-year stint at international football. I think international football for a 41, 42-year-old can get quite frustrating, so I thought, get some managerial experience, which is unbelievable in terms of going to major tournaments, and then cut my teeth in day-to-day running with the energy that I’ve got. With the coronavirus, there has obviously been no Olympic Games, no Euros - which meant that obviously I had to make the decision early.

I’d say that for the whole of the lockdown period, the news and the focus has totally been on the Premier League. I’m pretty sure that the likes of Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City will look after their women’s team. I think there’s a massive commitment there. It’s teams like Bristol City, Birmingham and Brighton, even - when they’re looking at the budgets for the year, and obviously the biggest income is on the men’s side. Reading and Birmingham have both furloughed their women’s teams and staff. I hope that we don’t lose them, because ultimately there’s only 12 teams in the senior division. We need to keep teams like Birmingham, Bristol City and Reading because they’re really good teams who have been there from the start

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[Phil Neville says Pogba playing well can see Man Utd challenge Liverpool & Man City] I think they can play together. I think Pogba has got the ability to play a little bit deeper or a little bit higher, and he can go box-to-box. I think they’ve got the players now where Pogba can fit in. It’s easy for people to say ‘get rid of Pogba’, but actually, have they built a team around him yet that enables him to perform? The criticism he gets… United lose and it’s Pogba’s fault, United win but Pogba doesn’t play well and it’s Pogba’s fault. Maybe now with Fernandes, it takes a bit of that pressure away, and you might see [an improvement]. Pogba playing well will give Man Utd a better chance of winning the Premier League. When I see United playing well with Pogba in the team I think he’s world class. He’s won the World Cup, he knows how to win. With Pogba in the team playing well, it gives United a good chance of challenging Liverpool and Man City

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Manchester United are only one Virgil van Dijk-esque signing away from being Premier League title challengers] I think one more signing. You think about Liverpool signing [Virgil] Van Dijk and Alisson in goal. One or two more signings or [Paul] Pogba and one more signing playing to their absolute best. I think United can get closer. Maguire has had a really strong impact but another real strong centre-back. They’ve still got to be defensively sound. One more signing and United can challenge

2020 06 28 Retrieve

[Man Utd only need one more signing to challenge for title] kjaer is to completing a rebuild in Manchester: I think one more signing. You think about Liverpool signing [Virgil] Van Dijk and Alisson in goal. One or two more signings or [Paul] Pogba and one more signing playing to their absolute best. I think United can get closer

[Pressed on which area United need to reinforce when the transfer window reopens] Centre-back, you look at the impact Van Dijk had. Maguire has had a really strong impact but another real strong centre-back. They’ve still got to be defensively sound. One more signing and United can challenge

[on Solskjaer’s potential attacking plans] He’ll want Rashford to develop into a centre-forward, 100 per cent. But I think Rashford, Martial and Greenwood like to play in and around a centre forward. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they still went into the transfer market and bought a centre forward. But with Pogba and Fernandes and their type of creativity, Martial and Rashford and Greenwood will get better service. It means that when they play a little loose, they’ve got someone in Fernandes who will play that killer pass