Neville to join Moyes at United
Phil Neville is set to become the latest recruit to David Moyes' coaching team at Manchester United.
Although there has been no official confirmation, it is understood Neville was at the renamed Aon training complex on Thursday morning for the first full day of training since Moyes was installed as Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement.
It would represent yet another switch from Everton following the earlier appointments of Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden. However, in Neville's case it also brings a vast amount of experience of life at United. Neville made 386 appearances in 11 seasons as a first-team player with the Red Devils.
During that time he won six Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League before leaving to join Everton in 2005, where he overcame some initial scepticism to become a crowd favourite.
Neville confirmed his intention to retire at the end of last season, although new Everton boss Roberto Martinez had claimed he intended to speak with the 36-year-old about a coaching role.
However, a return to the club he supported as a boy was always likely to prove attractive and it is no surprise Moyes has opted to build on the close working relationship he developed with Neville during their time together at Goodison Park.
Neville has never made any secret of his desire to push forward with a coaching career and this summer was part of Stuart Pearce's backroom team at the European Under-21 Championship.
In addition to bringing a sense of continuity following the departures of not only Ferguson but also his assistants Mike Phelan, Eric Steele and Rene Meulensteen, Neville will provide a useful link between the dressing room and the manager.
There has still been no word on Wayne Rooney's status though, with the formal talks that had been anticipated on Wednesday apparently put on hold. Rooney has returned for pre-season in good condition though, which, by his own admission, has not always been the case.
And despite the massive upheaval at Old Trafford this summer, that has also seen the exit of chief executive David Gill, the atmosphere is said to be upbeat ahead of the new campaign, which begins next Wednesday when United head off on their five-match summer tour of the Far East and Australia.