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Moyes Set to Appoint Phil Neville As Man United First Team Coach to Replace Rene Meulensteen

phil neville Moyes Set to Appoint Phil Neville As Man United First Team Coach to Replace Rene Meulensteen

Manchester United manager David Moyes is set to appoint Phil Neville as his first team coach to replace Rene Meulensteen, according to a report in The Guardian.

It’s a risky move by Moyes who will be placing Neville in a position where he has very little coaching experience (at the England u-21 level) compared to Sir Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man Meulensteen who has been the first team coach at Manchester United for seven years. While Phil Neville undoubtedly has the potential to be a top coach in the game, United supporters will have to trust that Moyes is making the correct decision.

In addition to Neville, Moyes is reportedly bringing in the rest of his Everton coaching staff to Old Trafford that will include Steve Round, Chris Woods and Robbie Cooke. Last week, Moyes and Manchester United said goodbye to long-serving assistant manager Mike Phelan and goalkeeper coach Eric Steele. Manchester United’s chief scout has also left the club. Round is expected to be announced as Moyes’s assistant manager.

The Guardian reports that Meulensteen was offered a different role at Old Trafford, but turned down the opportunity.

If you’re a Manchester United supporter, what’s your opinion regarding the news? Are you worried that Meulensteen has left the club? And if you support Everton, are you concerned that Moyes is taking his backroom staff with him to Old Trafford? Share your opinion in the comments section below.


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