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Neville considering retirement

May 13, 2013
By Mike Whalley

Phil Neville has admitted he is considering retirement as he prepares to end his eight-year stay at Everton.

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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 confirmed in April that he would leave Goodison Park when his contract expires in the summer.

The 36-year-old initially suggested that he would be prepared to drop down the divisions to prolong his playing career, but is now having second thoughts.

"I am not so sure whether I will be playing football next season," he told Sky Sports. "I will sit down with my wife, and my mum and dad, and I will look forward to the next chapter in my career."

Neville, who moved to Goodison Park from Manchester United in 2005, last played for Everton when they lost 3-0 at home to Wigan in an FA Cup quarter-final on March 9, and has been unavailable in recent weeks because of a knee problem.

He was cheered on to the pitch as he waved goodbye to the club's fans after Sunday's 2-0 Premier League win over West Ham; which marked the final Everton home game for him and manager David Moyes, who is leaving for Manchester United at the end of the season.

Neville is certain that Moyes will be a success when he replaces Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. "One hundred per cent," he said. "He has got all the traits that every great Manchester United manager needs. He is a top man."

Neville, who will be part of Stuart Pearce's coaching staff at this summer's European Under-21 Championship, has been linked with taking the vacancy at Goodison Park, and he plans to earn his UEFA coaching licence this summer.