Sunday 04 August 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Everton completed the signing of vastly experienced Manchester United stalwart Phil Neville, who brought an end to 18 years of service at Old Trafford.
Neville, who could play across the defensive line as well as in midfield, made 242 Barclays Premier League appearances and won six League titles during his illustrious career at United. He was also part of the treble-winning squad that secured the League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League in 1998/99.
The England international came through the club's youth academy and was one of 'Fergie's fledglings', along with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Nicky Butt and brother Gary Neville. The core group of British players from the club's youth system helped Man Utd regularly lift the Premier League trophy during the 1990's and 2000's.
After agreeing to join the Toffees, managed by David Moyes, Neville said: "This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make, but I am excited about joining Everton and relishing my next challenge in football.
"I've spent 18 years of my life at the club and I would like to thank Sir Alex [Ferguson], all the players and the fans for their great support.
"I am now going to give the same commitment to Everton, David Moyes and the Everton fans. I can't wait for the new season to get started."
Neville quickly established himself as a key player at Goodison Park, helping the Toffees to finish in the top seven of the Premier League on six occasions since his arrival. At the age of 36, Neville decided to retire from professional football at the end of the 2012/13 campaign. Overall, Neville made 505 Barclays Premier League appearances during 19 seasons as a professional.
He has since been appointed as a First Team coach at Man Utd, where he will work under former Everton boss Moyes, who succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson as manager this summer.