David Moyes is quite fond of Phil Neville.
It’s no secret that he sees something great in Neville. He brought him to Everton from Manchester United and made him captain.
Then when he got the United job, he brought Neville back to Old Trafford as part of his coaching staff. He was fairly abysmal by all accounts.
But we can’t all be Pep Guardiola and knock it out of the park with our first swing. Neville has recovered well and landed himself a gig at Spanish giants Valencia.
This is the first step on the road to world domination, reckons Moyes. Or something like that.
The Real Sociedad boss gave an exclusive interview to the Telegraph recently and praised Neville to the heavens, saying he could go on to coach the national team.
“Phil Neville could be on the road to one day, maybe, becoming the England manager,” the Scot said genuinely. “I know him closely. He was a great captain, a great leader. He’s had great experience. After he finished playing he came back to United then he chose to take a year out and had a chance to see how the media works – which is important – and he’s clever, enthusiastic and a good coach.”
It has shades of Vladimir Putin nominating Sepp Blatter for a Nobel Prize but things change quickly in football and perhaps Neville will prove worthy of the praise.