Valencia assistant manager Phil Neville is capable of becoming England manager one day – according to David Moyes.
Neville played under Moyes for eight seasons at Everton, before retiring and joining Moyes’s coaching staff when the Scot took over from Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager in 2013.
The pair’s disastrous stint at the helm of the Red Devils lasted less than a season, but that experience has not deterred Moyes’s belief that Neville could one day take charge of the national team the full back represented 59 times as a player.
“Phil Neville could be on the road to one day, maybe, becoming the England manager,” an emphatic Moyes told the Telegraph.
“I know him closely. He was a great captain, a great leader. He’s had great experience.
“After he finished playing he came back to United then he chose to take a year out and had a chance to see how the media works – which is important – and he’s clever, enthusiastic and a good coach.”
Both men are now working in Spain, with Moyes, who took over as boss of Real Sociedad last November, revealing that Neville called him for advice before his own switch to La Liga just a few weeks ago.
“What he’s doing now is to try and go and see what’s out there,” continued Moyes.
“It’s early for him yet but it’s a brave move. A good move.”