Phil Neville has announced his decision to leave Everton, after 8 years and 303 appearances for the club.
Speaking to evertonfc.com, Neville said, “It’s been an honour to play for and captain Everton Football Club. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time on Merseyside and will leave with immense pride.
“I would like to thank the Manager, Chairman, all of the staff and the players at Everton for their continued support during my time at the club.” said Neville, before adding “I’d also like to pay a special thanks to the fans, who have been amazing over the past eight years and Everton will always have a place in my heart. I want to continue to play at the top level as long as I physically can, and will be weighing up my options before making a decision on my next move. I’ll now be doing everything I can to help Everton finish as high up the league table as possible.”
Although most Evertonians maintain a respect for Neville and his commitment to the club, most will agree it is past time that he moved on, as age has arguably caught up with him this season leaving him off the pace when played.
Neville will take on a coaching role with the England U21’s this summer, before looking for a club to continue his playing career, having stated previously that he would play in front of ‘one man and his dog’, if he had to.