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Phil Neville, Superstar

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This won't be popular, maybe with a few, but not many: Phil Neville, Superstar. You'd think he'd been at the Club all his life the way he's played lately. I've not seen so much honest, well directed passion in a Blue Shirt for years. So, why not get him his coaching badges.

Look ahead, keep him at the Club. His influence and experience has been massive this season. Regardless of how you feel about him as a player, he's good for the team and Club. When Irvine left we were all left scratching our heads looking for a replacement, there's not many good young coaches about.

Joleon has been player of the year by far, but I bet if you asked the players, Neville P's name wouldn't be far from the top of the list. A model professional, speaks well for the Club and for me one of Moyes's best signings.

You may open fire.
Nick Flack, Warrington     Posted 19/12/2007 at 11:47:03

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Chris Jones
1   Posted 19/12/2007 at 12:51:38

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Couldn?t agree more, as long as he continues to play at right back.

Sorry to hijack your thread mate but I?m looking for a ticket for United (a) this weekend, if anyone has a ticket going spare, please email me at cdjones@hotmail.co.uk

Cheers.
Aiden Jones
2   Posted 19/12/2007 at 12:57:54

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Not many better full backs , and can play either side. Top pro.
Mark Stone
3   Posted 19/12/2007 at 13:10:49

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Hopefully plenty of playing years to come before we put him into a coaching role though!
Brian Reidy
4   Posted 19/12/2007 at 13:17:35

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Full back definitely his spot - well able to speak to the media - seems a natural leader
Barry Lightfoot
5   Posted 19/12/2007 at 13:24:54

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And he got a good dig in on MOTD for being on last all the time and overlooked by the media, for that I salute him.
Neil Willows
6   Posted 19/12/2007 at 13:33:25

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What’s the betting Moyes will fuck Neville and the whole show up by moving him back into midfield to cover his total failure to provide adequate cover in that department?
Tony Williams
7   Posted 19/12/2007 at 13:36:43

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That’s right Neil, Moyes will fuck up again, he should have brought in 4 new midfielders after spending £11.25m on the Yak, I was thinkinh Ronaldhino or perhaps Kaka, maybe even pay over the odds for Fernandes in January.

If you paid attention to Moyes you would have noted in one interview that he confirms Pip’s place is the right back spot and I suppose he should have known that Ossie would get injured, how daft can he be....doh

Have a good Christmas mate and go and buy a block of coal for the fire for once.
Steve Lyth
8   Posted 19/12/2007 at 15:02:37

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Phil Neville all round good bloke, average at best footballer. Thank you
Nick Entwistle
9   Posted 19/12/2007 at 16:17:59

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People talk about Moyes’ best signings as Arteta, Cahill etc etc etc... but Nev at £2.5m is up there.
Not his fault he gets picked in the middle sometimes.
More a pro than Alan Stubbs!
Mick Mac
10   Posted 19/12/2007 at 16:31:27

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Have to say how anyone can slag off Our Phil is beyond me. It is obvious how much he loves the club and the team and I may add the fans. So give our boy a break and pat him on the back for all the hard work he has done and the good leadership he has brought to the team.
Vic Franklin
11   Posted 19/12/2007 at 17:41:04

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Gawd,don’t some people get carried away! Only six weeks ago, Neville was a wanker now he’s our best full-back since Ray Wilson! Personally I think Hibbert is a more effective defender-trouble is they both went to the same ’passing school’- and failed the exams!
James Elworthy
12   Posted 19/12/2007 at 18:12:59

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At 2.5m Neville has been good value for the money paid and therefore an astute signing.
He is a fullback not a midfielder and hopefully will stay there now
Ste Moorcroft
13   Posted 19/12/2007 at 18:20:41

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Amazing what a 12 match unbeaten run can do to fickle supporters.

Are these the same people who now love Yakubu as well ?

There?s hope for you yet Tony Hibbert !!
Brett Bradshaw
14   Posted 19/12/2007 at 18:47:36

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Neville may not be the best at passing but he can get down the wing and put a decent ball in the box! The guy gets his fair share of assists I reckon.

We just need our centre midfielders to come short and collect the ball from him sometimes to help him out.
Paul ONeill
15   Posted 19/12/2007 at 19:03:09

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I’ve always loved Pip for the sole reason that he’s a winner. He comes from a club with a winner’s mentality, he brought that the Goodison, that’s why he wears the captain’s armband. He also gives 100% in every game. No Evertonian can ask for more than all that. (he is a defender not a midfielder though DM!)
Steve Lyth
16   Posted 19/12/2007 at 19:41:26

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Where do people get their figure of £2.5 Mil for Neville ?
David Moore
17   Posted 19/12/2007 at 20:52:51

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I think he will be a grrat mentor if we got him into the coaching role. It looks like Stubbsy is enjoring coaching the ressies at the moment and the players would respect him. I?m all for
Matt Bone
18   Posted 19/12/2007 at 22:19:20

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A few points...........

Pip Neville has always been a hard working professional player who gives 100% in every game. He may not be as gifted in some areas as other players but even when having a bad game he never hidesor shirks his responsibilities.

I have been saying this for months even when he was having a ?bad spell? when being played OUT OF POSITION in midfiled. He is a natural leader.

He is most definately more comfortable at full back than in midfield and has proved that with some of his link up play and by being involved in a few of our recent goals.

Average players do not get as many england caps as Pip has got. He is a good player but maybe not an exeptional player.

I thought he cost nearer £3.5m than £2.5m but I still feel we didnt pay over the odds for him.
Steve Jones
19   Posted 20/12/2007 at 00:14:50

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Police officer interviews Stephen Gerrard after his burglary:
"Yes officer, I swear there was 6 premier league medals in the cupboard"

"Now now Mr Gerrard, I know your a decent player, but your not exactly a Phil Neville are you ? "
Liam Hughs
20   Posted 20/12/2007 at 00:29:12

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Sorry, i feel i have to write my opinion on this matter...

I simply dont rate neville. his passing is poor at best, embarrising at worst and you can almost see arteta looking at him at times thinking "what the fuck...". Again, his attitude is that of a "model pro" but as he is undoubtibly the worst natural player in our team at present, when he’s there barking out orders to our more talented players do you think they take note and think he leads by example or think "who the fuck does he think he is...?" when he hoofs his next ball in to touch. i know which i believe to be the case.

I was at the west ham game on sat and the first half especially he was as bad as ive seen, hoofing nearly every ball aimlessly or in to touch and ljungberg(??!!) giving him the run around - even meggin him on one occasion. He also rarely opens play up by doing a baines esq overlapping run, his crosses are usually from tight positions were his delay to get in to an attacking positon have slowed the play down.

Im not quite sure were this latest pro neville feelings come from because i get a completely different vibe on the terraces and believe if we are to progress he simply can’t be a first team regular or captain. Just my opinion
John S
21   Posted 20/12/2007 at 06:54:37

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I think Nev has been consistant this season, at first not a fan of his, with his little floating crosses. He has become more solid since being in the back. I think he can see more of the game and then can lead from there. Tony hibbo just lacks confidence and he will get better with age

COYB
Neil Willows
22   Posted 20/12/2007 at 10:03:17

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Whilst we’re at it why don’t we make Neville manager,chairman and otright owner.Anybody who can get 56 caps with his limited talent must have everything going for him.
The suckers have fallen for the Moyesiah’s spin yet again!
Steve Lyth
23   Posted 20/12/2007 at 10:19:42

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Liam your bang on the money mate, I have no problem with Phil Neville as a model pro but seriously how can anyone want him coaching the the technical aspects of the game, its beyond me. He is an average player not good enough for our current first 11 and as such should not be Captain,give it to Mikky.In terms of his International success, England struggled with th left back position for years and Pip was a make weight, Dan Petrescu showed him up for what he was on the International stage. Nothing personal intended here, I like the guy, he just is not good enough for our current first team.
John Smith
24   Posted 20/12/2007 at 11:33:55

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Tell you what lads, lets support are players, sick of people slating the players. Not everyone are superstars we know that, so do they and the boss. Just give them support and stop behaving like reds moaners
Steve Lyth
25   Posted 20/12/2007 at 13:07:39

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John S, who says he isnt supported when he is playing ? You may not have noticed mate but the thread was all about Pip for first team coach !!!! No thanks

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