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Neville's Emotional Farewell

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Phil Neville bid an emotional farewell to Goodison Park on Sunday.

The club captain emerged from the tunnel after the final whistle of Everton's 2-0 win over West Ham in which he hadn't featured, to a guard of honour from his teammates.

He then embarked on a lap of appreciation with the rest of the squad and the boss on the occasion of his last engagement at Goodison.

The 36-year-old will depart Everton at the end of the season, with manager David Moyes doing likewise.

All that meant it was an emotional afternoon at Goodison - despite Neville's self-proclaimed natural disposition.

"I'm not really an emotional guy," he insisted. "But today I was watching the game, I came to the ground with a real buzz and an anticipation. As the game wore on I got the butterflies in my stomach because I knew what the club had planned, with the guard of honour.

"I was petrified - you don't think yourself worthy of that kind of ovation and it did get to me. It's one of those occasions that you will remember for the rest of your life.

"It was a fantastic day and to share my farewell with the man who is the reason why I am here is extra special.

"I have given everything I can to Everton Football Club. I class Everton as my family as well now."

mark thompsonPhil, keep playing, get some managerial experience, and come back to Everton again with your ever-hungry, fighting spirit!

Monday 13th May 14:44 Report Comment
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