Everton captain Neville long preparing for management

Departing Everton captain Phil Neville says he's been preparing for life as a manager for years. Neville has expressed in succeeding David Moyes at Everton.

Departing Everton captain Phil Neville says he's been preparing for life as a manager for years.

Neville has expressed in succeeding David Moyes at Everton.

Neville, 36, admitted: “I’ve been writing things down for the last five years — talks, manager’s team meetings, training sessions, whatever. You either have it or don’t. It’s something that inspires me. When I went away with the England Under-21s and I was in meetings with other coaches, I didn’t want them to end.

“I’ve got files for the last three pre-seasons. That’s something I can look back on. It’s part of learning. If someone came to me now and said, ‘Put a session on for directional play’, I’ve got it.

“Football is my life. I was doing a lot of things at 19 that the sports scientists of today are saying are revolutionary.

“I had an ankle operation at 19 and realised then the strength of prehabilitation, which is going into the gym beforehand and doing strength work afterwards.

“No one else was in the gym at that age, but every single day before training I was there.

“I’ve learned what it takes to be a top boss. There’s no secret formula — it’s just hard work.”

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