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Neville To Leave The Blues

Club skipper to leave Everton in the summer.

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Phil Neville has today confirmed that he will be leaving Everton at the end of the current season after eight years at the club.

Neville, who joined Everton from Manchester United in the summer of 2005, will take some time to weigh up his options before deciding on his next career move.

A member of Stuart Pearce’s England U21 coaching staff for the upcoming European Championships this summer, Neville has nevertheless made it clear that he is looking to extend his playing career beyond this season.

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. 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.”

Neville, who became only the seventh player in Premier League history to make 500 Premier League appearances with the game against Wigan on Boxing Day this season, was 28 when he signed for Everton in August 2005.

He has made 303 appearances for Everton, netting eight goals and being Club captain in January 2007 following the departure of David Weir to Rangers.

He was the winner of the Club's Goal of the Season award last year for his strike against West Brom at Goodison.

His playing career began at Manchester United. During his time at Old Trafford he won six Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one Champions League and one World Club Cup.

Mark BagleyPhil, the perfect Everton captain. Sad to see you leave.

Wednesday 10th April 15:26 Report Comment

Tom GrahamWhen Phil arrived I thought he was passed it - how wrong can you be! Thanks for the performance, passion and inspiration to us all!

Wednesday 10th April 03:22 Report Comment

mark thompsoncommitment, loyalty - incarnate.

Wednesday 10th April 01:49 Report Comment

Brian W. McCarthyIt was great seing you with you ice cream on Broad St Philadelphia a few years ago come back soon

Tuesday 9th April 23:18 Report Comment

kevin sheedyThanks Phil matey, you know you deserve a starting place.....good luck and come back to manage our great club soon! also does this mean moyes WILL be here next season?

Tuesday 9th April 22:36 Report Comment

Karl FillinghamGreat pro and role model for any young footballer!!you will be missed captain!!all the best!

Tuesday 9th April 21:45 Report Comment

Miles GreerI wish phil all the best thank you for being a great servant to the club.You were always a proud captain and the fans will miss you no doubt.Legend!

Tuesday 9th April 21:42 Report Comment

John VanderwerffThank you.

Tuesday 9th April 21:00 Report Comment

anthony tullySorry to hear the news I think it has been a privilege to watch you play for Everton .I wish you everything you wish yourself. Thank you for becoming a BLUE it is now in your heart and in your soul

Tuesday 9th April 17:25 Report Comment

Edward MaddenThanks for 8 great years Phil, you have been an inspiration to up and coming young players in the game and I wish you the very best of luck in your future plans. Thanks Mate.

Tuesday 9th April 17:07 Report Comment

Andrew ByrneIf people ever question the importance of a great captain they need look no further than you for their answer. Good luck, thank you, and all the best. COYB

Tuesday 9th April 16:29 Report Comment

bernard philipsPhil you will always be spoken of with great respect and effection by me and my mates, fond wishes to you and your family happy journeys also. once a blue always a blue

Tuesday 9th April 16:25 Report Comment

Data PosayanukhulGreatest since Ratty. Wish him all the best in his next endeavour. COYB!

Tuesday 9th April 16:19 Report Comment

Tom HamiltonGood luck Phil, Gentleman on and off the field, and wish you the best of luck in whatever role you take, just goes to show what a role model you are.

Tuesday 9th April 16:03 Report Comment

wiliam williamsThanks Phil , a true gentleman, you have been a great servant to the club and will always be remembered for giving your all for Everton Football Club on and off the pitch.Nil Satis Nisi Optimun

Tuesday 9th April 15:48 Report Comment

Sheila Whiteyouve been a fantastic example to everyone in the game on and off the pitch. Good luck and hope to see you back one day

Tuesday 9th April 15:22 Report Comment

Kevin Hughesthe dressing room will miss you big fella, best of blue to you phil a solid 100% battler and fantastic captain, thanx for your service ..

Tuesday 9th April 15:18 Report Comment

dan robinsonI am so glad to read so many POSITIVE comments here about our Captain... a red that turned Royal Blue... and played his heart out for our team every week. Legend.

Tuesday 9th April 14:56 Report Comment

Terunobu-kurokawa@jcom.home.ne.jp terunobu-kurokawa@jcom.home.ne.jpI am very sad. Good luck Phil

Tuesday 9th April 14:43 Report Comment

ROBERT LLOYDAu revoir but I suspect not adieu! Come back soon, you have been terrific

Tuesday 9th April 13:44 Report Comment

Stanley GordonGood luck phil, a true gent on and off the field,you will be missed at EFC. I hoped one day you would be our manager and still do......

Tuesday 9th April 13:23 Report Comment

Tony FarrellAll the very best where ever you are...........but take care not too stay in the game too long. Great positive influence on and off the field.

Tuesday 9th April 13:21 Report Comment

james malcolm"The professionals professional" fantastic skipper and ambassador for Everton. Will return in a coaching capacity hopefully in the not so distant future, Good luck Fizzer !!!

Tuesday 9th April 13:18 Report Comment

john adamsAll the best Capt Phil. Be down for the last home game v West Ham to help give you the send off you deserve.Sad day.

Tuesday 9th April 13:17 Report Comment

GEORGE HENNESSEYTHANKS FOR THE RIDE PHIL IT WAS EXCITING. HOWEVER, HOPE THIS IS NOT THE THIN END OF THE WEDGE.........NEXT MOYSEE???????

Tuesday 9th April 13:10 Report Comment

Bruce MillarThanks Phil. Once A Blue. Always A Blue.

Tuesday 9th April 13:03 Report Comment

martin lloydgentleman,top pro,pasionate an example for all the young lads to follow,a credit to our greatest of clubs,wish you health and happiness in whatever lifes path takes..

Tuesday 9th April 12:49 Report Comment

John DringCheers Phil ! been great for us down the years and you aren't a big time charlie like most footballers !

Tuesday 9th April 12:38 Report Comment

George GARDINERGeorge G...... best of luck Phil hope you pass all your experience to others.

Tuesday 9th April 12:22 Report Comment

JOHN McDermottWell done Phil. Probably produced the best dressing room and die hard spirit within the club ever produced by a club captain!!!!

Tuesday 9th April 12:15 Report Comment

Victor TayThanks skipper for your immense contribution to make the People's Club what they are today. All the best for your future endeavours.

Tuesday 9th April 11:58 Report Comment

patrick liddaneYou have been an inspirational, honest, hard working captain and player for our great club. You will be missed. Best of luck in the future Phil.

Tuesday 9th April 11:42 Report Comment

Irene RobertsSorry to see you go Phil - all the best in whatever you do and thanks for your loyal and great service these last 8 years.

Tuesday 9th April 11:41 Report Comment

Thanks for all youve done for Everton Phil. Great captain (leader), unsung hero, role model, consumate professional. Hope youre future is as bright as your past.

Tuesday 9th April 11:39 Report Comment

jim farleyGood luck Phil, you never gave anything less than a 100% to Everton, which is very much appreciated

Tuesday 9th April 11:21 Report Comment

Liam HampsonGood luck in the future skip, gutted that you never won a trophy in your time with us

Tuesday 9th April 11:01 Report Comment

Derek PriceI am sorry taht you are leaving us Phil. You have been a tremendous player & captain for us. I wish you good health & happiness and when you come back to us I hope it will be in a management role.

Tuesday 9th April 11:00 Report Comment

Anne BlinkhornGood luck Phil best wishes for your future Thanks for all you've done your passion was there for all to see.

Tuesday 9th April 10:59 Report Comment

Leah O'NeillBeen an important part of the rejuvenation of EFC. Great captain and representative of the club on and off the pitch. All The best in the future!

Tuesday 9th April 10:59 Report Comment

Mike BakerTop bloke, really sorry to hear this news,but you can only respect Phil's desire to carry on playing.

Tuesday 9th April 10:51 Report Comment

Stephen BeattieOne of Moyes best signings, a real leader and ambassador for the club. Good luck Phil.

Tuesday 9th April 10:50 Report Comment

Barry SummerfieldGood luck Phil you always gave 100%

Tuesday 9th April 10:16 Report Comment

stephen cruisePhil been a great 8 years highs lows we shared them am sure whatever you do it will be the right choice. Always welcome back to Goodison Park on your days off don`t forget to come and see us

Tuesday 9th April 10:11 Report Comment

Dan RoderickAll the best Phil. You've been a fantastic professional and we've been proud to have you as our skipper. You will always be 'our phil'.

Tuesday 9th April 10:08 Report Comment

Paul ReidGood luck with whatever you decide to do skip. You've had some stick, a lot of it undeserved, but you'll go down as one of the best Captains we've had at Everton for me.

Tuesday 9th April 09:47 Report Comment

alan gillibrandSad news , good luck Phil and thankyou for everything you have given to this great club especially your honesty and integrity.

Tuesday 9th April 09:46 Report Comment

A.S KanjiBest of luck in whatever you choose to do next. I'm sure you'll do well especially with the spirit and passion you've shown with us...

Tuesday 9th April 09:45 Report Comment
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