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Phil Neville undecided on football future

May 20, 2013
By ESPN staff

Former Everton captain Phil Neville has yet to make a decision on whether to continue his playing career next season amid reports that he could return to Manchester United as a coach.

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PA PhotosNeville was given a guard of honour by his Everton team-mates before the Toffees' last match of the season against West Ham

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Neville, 36, revealed in April that he would be leaving the Toffees at the end of the season after eight years, and revealed his desire to continue playing either in the Premier League or at a lower level.

However, the ex-Manchester United player has since suggested that he may retire in order to focus on a coaching career, and he is set to join the England Under-21s backroom staff for the summer's European Championship in Israel.

Should Neville decide to follow the coaching route, it is thought he could be reunited with David Moyes at Old Trafford, where his former Red Devils team-mates Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt are working as coaches.

He has also been linked with a move into media work - older brother Gary is carving out a successful career as a pundit - but the younger Neville says he does not know what the future will hold.

"I have not made a decision yet - I have not officially retired yet," he told Everton's official website. "Over the next couple of weeks, that is the main decision I have to make - whether my body is up to the physical demands of Premier League football.

"I will sit down with my wife and family and come to that decision. I have thought about it, but I will take a couple of weeks and have a holiday, then make the decision.

"I am looking forward to the next challenge in my career. It has been a tough season, but one of the most enjoyable.

"I am in a position many people would love to be in. I am coming to the end of my football career and I have got many options.

"I have been preparing for this moment for a number of years. I will take the next couple of weeks to wind down and mentally rest after a hectic couple of weeks. Then I will make my decision, and I back myself to make the right decision."