Phil Neville facing uncertain future as Van Gaal looks to freshen up coaching team
Published 04/07/2014 | 15:54
Manchester United coach and former player Phil Neville will not figure in Louis van Gaal’s senior team and is facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford.
Phil Neville is facing an uncertain future at Manchester United with his position as first-team coach likely to be diminished by Louis van Gaal .
United’s non-World Cup players are due to report back from their summer break today to undergo a series of physical tests prior to starting pre-season training early next week.
But after being handed a senior coaching role by former manager David Moyes 12 months ago, it is understood that Neville will not figure in Van Gaal’s backroom staff at first-team level.
United are keen for Neville to remain involved in the coaching set-up at Carrington, but the 37-year-old, who continues to refer to himself as the first-team coach on his Twitter page, will return to Old Trafford still waiting to discover his role under the new regime.
Van Gaal, who will take charge of United following the end of Holland’s involvement at the World Cup, has already finalised his senior coaching team.
Ryan Giggs has taken the position of assistant manager and will assist Van Gaal on the training ground. The Dutchman has also appointed Frans Hoek as goalkeeping coach to replace Chris Woods.
Marcel Bout, who has previously worked at Bayern Munich and several clubs in Holland, has been appointed as assistant coach by Van Gaal.
United have no plans to make further appointments to the coaching staff, but Neville is expected to be offered a position at some level at Carrington.
Former United and England midfielder Nicky Butt, who assisted Giggs during his four-game spell as caretaker manager at the end of last season, is returning to his role with the club’s youth and reserve teams.
Meanwhile, Moyes has missed out on a return to management with Galatasaray, despite holding talks with the Turkish club earlier this month.
Cesare Prandelli, who resigned as Italy coach last week following the country’s disappointing World Cup, has instead been appointed as manager of the Istanbul giants, replacing former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.
Galatasaray had initially been keen to recruit either Jürgen Klinsmann or Joachim Löw, but the club confirmed that Prandelli would be unveiled next week.
“We will announce the official signing in one or two days. Our coach will be in charge of the team on Monday and kick off the season with our players,” Unal Aysal, the Galatasaray president, said.
“I can absolutely promise our fans a Turkish league title this year. Prandelli is brave, diligent, self-disciplined and hungry for success.”