Neville: Everton move had me worried

Everton skipper Phil Neville admits he didn't know what to expect when first arriving.

Everton skipper Phil Neville admits he didn't know what to expect when first arriving.

The midfielder left Manchester United in 2005 after a decade and knew he faced a battle to win over sceptical Goodison fans.

But now there are plenty who would like him to take over from David Moyes as boss.

The 36-year-old said: “It took time to develop a relationship with the Everton public and I understand why.

“But I believe it’s fair to say they accepted me as one of them.

“I can leave now knowing I would be welcomed back like other ex-players are. I would not have been welcomed back with open arms after one season because the fans were sceptical towards me at first.

“I understand that — I think I was a bit sceptical too.

“They didn’t accept me straight away and maybe there was a part of me that didn’t accept them either.

“It took me probably 18 months to come out of that Manchester United bubble.”

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