Next Match:

Stoke City (H) Fri 26 Dec 2014, 15:00, Barclays Premier League

Hinchcliffe Hails Departing Nev

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Andy Hinchcliffe has paid tribute to Phil Neville after the Everton captain revealed his decision to leave the Club at the end of the season.

Neville, 36, announced his pending departure via evertonfc.com on Tuesday morning, with the curtain set to come down on a memorable stay at Goodison Park next month.

Hinchcliffe made over 200 appearances for the Blues between 1990 and 1998 and was quick to praise Neville’s commitment and impact during his own eight-year spell.

"He's been a fantastic signing for Everton," he said. "He's been absolutely terrific for the Club. The standards of his training, the way that he thinks about the game and the way that he performs for the Club will have pulled a lot of the younger players along with him as well.

"I think he was a fantastic signing for David Moyes to bring in, proving that Everton can attract players from top clubs. I'm sure fans will be disappointed that he's now decided to leave."

Phil Neville and Andy Hinchcliffe in an England training session at Euro 96.

Neville joined the Blues in 2005 following over a decade of success at Manchester United. With Hinchcliffe having swapped the blue of neighbours City for that of the Toffees, it's a switch he can relate to.

"Phil's move in the first place was a brave one,” he explained. “He could easily have stayed at Manchester United for a number of years, maybe not playing the amount of games he wanted to. But to leave there and go to Merseyside was a massive move.

"He will have felt he had a big point to prove, as I did when I left Manchester City for Everton.

"But to actually decide to go to Everton and make the contribution that he has over the years has been absolutely fantastic.”

Click here to read Phil Neville's statement.

Tickets for Saturday's home game against QPR  are now on general sale. To buy, click here or call 0871 663 1878.

Alternatively, visit the Park End Box Office at Goodison Park, Everton Two in Liverpool One or TicketQuarter in Queen Square.

The Early Bird deadline for 2013/14 Season Tickets is Friday 19 April. Act fast to save up to £96.63 on your seat. For more information or to buy, click here.

Related Tags

Comments

Login or register to post your comment.

evertontv

View More
  • Southampton 3 - 0 Everton - 3 Minute Highlights
    0
  • Southampton 3 - 0 Everton - 5 Minute Highlights
    0
  • Southampton 3 - 0 Everton - 20 Minute Highlights
    0
  • Naismith on Southampton
    0
  • Phil Jagielka on Southampton
    0
  • Martinez on Southampton
    0

EvertonLive

View More
  • Saturday, 18:02

    REACTION: Roberto Martinez said his side paid the price for poor defending following the defeat at St Mary's: evertonfc.com/news/2014/12/2…

  • Saturday, 17:30

    REPORT: An own goal, plus strikes from Pelle and Yoshida resign the Blues to defeat at St Mary's: evertonfc.com/fixtures/2010-…

  • Saturday, 17:20

    Martinez: “We had a good result on Monday and wanted to follow that up. This is a setback and now we need to get ready for Stoke at home.”

  • Saturday, 17:19

    Martinez: “The way we defended balls and crosses into our box was disappointing. It was a day when nothing went in our favour.#EFC#EFC