What The Papers Say - 10 April
Kevin Ratcliffe and Lee Carsley pay tribute to Neville and more.
Predictably, much of the Everton coverage in Wednesday's newspapers is about Phil Neville's decision to leave Goodison Park this summer.
In the Liverpool Echo, the Blues’ most successful ever skipper has had his say, Kevin Ratcliffe insisting Neville should be remembered as one of the Club's most influential leaders.
“You don’t have to win honours to be a great captain,” says Ratcliffe. “That is the case with Phil Neville. He has been a great captain through good times and bad times at the club.
“He has been the player on the pitch always talking and pulling people here and there. He has done really, really well at Everton.
“His experience and knowledge of the game has been passed on to the young players in the team.
“And off the field he gave a lot to the football club.
“He brought a professional attitude to the club and really high standards.
“And people have seen why he is still playing at the top level into his mid-30s – it is because he keeps himself fit by the way he lives his life.”
Also in the Liverpool Echo, former teammate Lee Carsley says the best football of Neville's career has come during his eight years at Goodison Park.
“Phil became a better player when he came to Everton,” says Carsley. “It is a massive decision to leave Manchester United but it says everything about his character that he was willing to leave.
“But the move really improved him as a player.
“The manager made him captain when there were still some really established players at the club, such as Alan Stubbs and Big Duncan Ferguson.
“He is a captain that leads by example. He was well liked in the dressing room and a character.
“His attitude off the pitch was excellent, he was a good trainer and he was never late. Phil was always the first at training and always the last to leave.”
The local newspaper also carries a story with Tony Hibbert, who speaks of his delight at making his comeback from injury with the Under-21s on Monday.
Hibbert also spoke to evertonfc.com and the story can be read here.
The Daily Mail and Daily Express have taken a look at where Neville could go next, tipping Stoke City, Aston Villa, QPR and Hull City to be the frontrunners in the race to secure the 36-year-old's services. Both papers also suggest Neville could be interested in a move abroad.
In the Daily Star, David Moyes is linked with a move to German outfit Schalke, though the paper says Roberto Di Matteo is also under 'serious consideration' by the Bundesliga outfit.
In the Daily Mirror, columnist Oliver Holt says Everton's next captain will have big boots to fill once Neville departs, while various newspapers say Neville will pursue a career in coaching when he ultimately walks away from playing for good.