Top facts about Phil Neville, Not the ugly one

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Phil Neville reunited with David Beckham at Inter Miami after his playing years at Manchester United and Everton, entering coaching career and initially impressing with England's Lionesses. Read on to find out more facts about Phil Neville, Ex-Man Utd star.

Philip John Neville (born 21 January 1977) is the head coach of MLS side

Inter Miami

. He is a British football coach and former player. He and some of his former Manchester United colleagues are now co-owners of Salford City.

Phil Neville’s age

is 44. Here you can find out the most important facts about Phil Neville, Manchester United legend. Phil Neville is a retired English professional soccer player who played for Manchester United and Everton in the Premier League.

The first fact about Phil Neville is that he spent the last eight years of his playing career at Everton after ten years with Manchester United, during which time he won six Premier League championships, three FA Cups, three FA Charity Shields, the Intercontinental Cup, and the Champions League.

Between 1996 and 2007, Neville played 59 times for England, representing the country at three European Championships. He could play in defense or midfield, and his flexibility allowed him to play in a variety of positions during his career, although he was most commonly employed as a fullback.

Neville started his coaching career in 2012, standing in for Stuart Pearce with the England under-21s after gaining his UEFA B Coaching Licence. After that, he served as a coach at Manchester United and as Gary's assistant manager at Valencia in La Liga.

Neville was named head coach of the England women's team on January 23, 2018. At the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, he guided the "Lionesses" to fourth place.

Top facts about Phil Neville:

Like his brother Gary, Phil Neville was part of the

Manchester United

youth academy and made his debut as a left-back in a league game on 11 February 1995, shortly after his 18th birthday in the 3-0 derby win against Manchester City.

Phil Neville early life

Neville was one of "Fergie's Fledglings," along with his brother Gary, and was born in Bury, Greater Manchester.


Phil Neville’s childhood

, it should be mentioned that with his siblings, he attended Elton High School. He was the captain of his high school football team for the whole five years he was there.

Neville was also a great cricketer in his childhood, captaining England Under-15s and playing with England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff in Lancashire's Under-19 team.

At the age of 15, Neville was the youngest player ever to play for Lancashire's second XI. If Neville had chosen a cricket career, Flintoff characterized him as a "cricketing genius" whose abilities may have been likened to Ricky Ponting or Sachin Tendulkar. Along with his brother, he began training at the Manchester United Academy.

An important fact about Phil Neville is that he is the younger brother of

Gary Neville

, a former Manchester United defender, and the twin brother of Tracey Neville, the current England netball head coach.

Speaking about

Phil Neville’s parents

, it is worth mentioning that Bury's commercial director, Neville Neville, was his father. Jill, his mother, used to play netball in the local leagues and worked for English Football League team Bury as the General Manager and Club Secretary.

Phil Neville personal life

Neville is married to Julie (née Killilea), and they have two children: Harvey and Isabella. Neville has been an ambassador for Bliss, the special care infant charity, and a patron of the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital's New Children's Hospital Appeal as a result of Isabella's cerebral palsy.

Harvey is presently a player for Fort Lauderdale CF, a third-tier club in the United States, as well as the Republic of Ireland national under-19 football team, despite being born in England. Neville's wife is of Irish origin; hence Harvey is eligible despite being born in England.

In April 2008, he made property news when he failed to sell his £4 million house in Lancashire. He accepted a £2.6 million cash offer from local businessman Matthew Greensmith for the mansion in May 2009.

In 2014, Neville became a vegetarian when his wife challenged him to try the diet for two weeks. In a PETA video, he said that "I began to feel better and thinner. I began to feel fantastic."

Phil Neville professional career

Phil Neville made his international debut in 1995 and was first-choice right-back for England for more than 10 years, representing the nation at three European Championships and two World Cups.

In February 2011, in his 20th year at Manchester United, Gary Neville announced his retirement from the game. Since that time, he has remained involved in football, as a coach with the England team, a TV commentator and pundit and as co-owner of

Salford City F.C


He brought new interest to the women's game and, with a playing career that yielded 59 England caps and 10 major trophies with Manchester United, was considered to be the most high-profile England women's manager in history.

Phil Neville club career

An important

fact about Phil Neville

is that he made his debut in a 3–0 Manchester derby triumph away to

Manchester City

at Maine Road on February 11, 1995, with his brother injured.

Manchester United

Phil Neville was replaced at halftime in a 3–1 defeat at Aston Villa on August 19, 1995, in the opening game of the next season; the match is noted for commentator Alan Hansen's "You can't win anything with youngsters" statement about Manchester United, who went on to win the double.

Due to the presence of Denis Irwin, he did not play left-back very much; for a while, he played right-back while his brother played central defense, and in the 1996 FA Cup Final triumph against Liverpool, he played this position while Gary Neville remained on the bench.

A notable

fact about Phil Neville

is that he was booked several times while at Manchester United, including in the 2002–03 season, when he received significantly more cards than any other United player in history despite only starting 35 competitive games.

After Manchester United's game against Arsenal in September 2003, the FA issued Neville a warning about his future behavior.

Neville helped United win six Premier League championships, three FA Cups, and the UEFA Champions League during his time at Old Trafford.


A notable fact about Phil Neville is that he signed a five-year deal with Everton for a cost in excess of £3 million on August 4, 2005. He made his debut against Villarreal in a UEFA Champions League qualifier, against Diego Forlán, a former Manchester United teammate.

The next weekend, against Manchester United, Neville made his Premier League debut for the Toffees; it was the first time Phil and brother Gary had played for opposite clubs.

Captaincy Neville's attitude, hard ethic, and willingness to play wherever made him a fan favorite with manager

David Moyes

. Neville was named vice-captain to David Weir on August 8, 2006, and when Weir left for Rangers in January 2007, he became the club captain.

Phil and his brother Gary became the first siblings to lead their respective teams against each other in the Premier League when they faced Manchester United and Everton on November 29, 2006.

Neville talked in the press about receiving his first red card in his lengthy career (he never had one when playing for Manchester United), suggesting that if he had been playing for United, he would not have been booked in a game against Fulham. In 2005–06, though, he had more cards than any other Premier League player (including another red soon after his first).

On December 30, 2006, Neville scored his first goal for


in a 3–0 Premier League win against Newcastle United.

During the 1–0 Merseyside derby Premier League loss at Anfield on March 30, 2008, Neville was attacked by a


supporter as he took a throw-in.

After confessing to common assault on April 24, the supporter, 48-year-old Michael Blackmore, was banned for three years from all football events in England and Wales.

Retirement and later years

On April 19, 2009, Neville scored his penalty to assist Manchester United knock off his previous club in a penalty shoot-out in the FA Cup semi-finals, sending the keeper the wrong way by placing it low to the keeper's right.

After a 1–1 draw at Stamford Bridge, Neville struck the winning penalty in a penalty shoot-out against Chelsea on February 19, 2011, knocking them out of the FA Cup. Neville scored his 12th senior goal against Wolves on April 9, 2011, his first in three years.

On September 21, Neville scored the game-winning goal in a League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion, this time with a clinical effort. At Everton's end-of-season awards, the goal was voted the best goal of the season.

He declared on April 9, 2013, that he will depart Everton at the conclusion of the season when his contract expired. He declared his retirement from professional football shortly after.

Phil Neville international career

An important fact about Phil Neville is that he was a frequent member of England's teams, debuting against China on May 23, 1996. In this match, he played with his brother Gary, who had featured together in the 1996 FA Cup Final two weeks before, making them the first set of siblings to play together in an FA Cup-winning team and for England in the same season since Hubert and Francis Heron in 1876, 120 years before.

Under Kevin Keegan's management, he was only a regular first-choice left-back for the club for a short while in 2000.

Ashley Cole

was the favored left back under his replacement Sven-Göran Eriksson, followed by Wayne Bridge.

In a friendly encounter, Neville led the team for a short time (a game in which England fielded four different captains). Despite having played for England in the 1996, 2000, and 2004 European Championships and having 59 England caps (23 as a substitute), Neville was never selected for the World Cup.

During Neville's England career, he had the distinction of being the youngest member of Terry Venables' Euro 96 squad, despite never having kicked a ball (his brother played in every match until the semi-finals).

Glenn Hoddle left Neville in tears when he removed him at the last minute from his final 22 for the 1998 World Cup, despite the media's focus being virtually exclusively on the removal of another player, Paul Gascoigne. Gascoigne, who isn't known for his maturity, took the younger Neville sibling under his wing and consoled him, according to Neville in an interview.

In Euro 2000, Keegan used Neville at left-back, and Neville was heavily criticized and blamed for England's departure when a late foul on Viorel Moldovan resulted in a penalty for Romania, which Ionel Ganea converted to win the match.

A notable

fact about Phil Neville

is that he was left out of the 23-man team, while Gary was injured, therefore neither of the Nevilles were able to compete in the 2002 World Cup. They were both re-inducted into the team for Euro 2004.

On February 7, 2007, the brothers played for England for the first time in seven years in a friendly against Spain, which England defeated 1–0.

They have the most England appearances by a pair of siblings (142), as well as the most starts by two brothers in the same England side (31).

Sven-Göran Eriksson did not choose Phil Neville for the 2006 World Cup team because he wanted to give new players an opportunity.

After Nigel Reo-Coker withdrew due to injury, he was recruited into Eriksson's stand-by group of players. With new England manager Steve McClaren, Neville stayed in the group and started at right-back against Andorra in September 2006. After 2007, he was not called up again.

Phil Neville style of play

An important fact about Phil Neville is that he was best known for his work ethic and versatility as a footballer, as he could play in a variety of defensive and midfield positions.

He was most commonly used as a full-back or wing-back, and despite being naturally right-footed, he could play on the left as well as the right; he could even play as a central midfielder.

Despite the fact that he wasn't the most spectacular or offensive-minded defender, and was often chastised by analysts for his lack of speed, as well as his limited passing ability and talent on the ball, he was considered to be a reliable defender who also stood out for his leadership abilities.

However, he was chastised in the media for his obstinacy and proclivity for picking up cards. In 2010, Bleacher Report's Varun Mathure called him "one of the most underestimated players in the Premier League."

Phil Neville coaching career

In February 2012, it was revealed that Neville will assist England's Under-21 coaching staff in the Under-21 European Championship qualifier against Belgium in the absence of Stuart Pearce.

Because Pearce will be in charge of the senior squad in the friendly against the Netherlands at Wembley, the Everton captain was granted a special permission to assist Brian Eastick in preparing the team for the encounter at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.

England won 4–0 over Belgium. In March 2013, it was revealed that Neville will join the coaching staff of the England under-21s for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, continuing his work with the England under-21s.

An important fact about Phil Neville is that he was considered for the England U20 manager role for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in February 2013.

Bill Kenwright interviewed Neville for the vacant manager's position at Everton in May 2013, but the job went to Roberto Martnez. Neville was named first-team coach at Manchester United on July 4, 2013, reuniting with manager David Moyes. On the same day that Moyes selected Ryan Giggs as player/coach, the news was made public.

In 2014, it was revealed that Neville had agreed to buy Salford City alongside other Manchester United stars Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and

Nicky Butt

ahead of the 2014–15 season.

The club declared that they will play in a special friendly against a squad from the Class of '92. The company decided to sell a 50% ownership in the club to billionaire Peter Lim on September 22.

Following the firing of Phil Power, Neville and Scholes took command of Salford City for a 2–1 home victory against Kendal Town. In July 2015, Neville joined La Liga team Valencia, which is also owned by Lim, as a coach under Nuno Esprito Santo.

After Nuno's departure on November 30, Neville was appointed as an assistant to interim coach Voro, until his brother took over as manager two days later.

Neville was named head coach of the England women's national team on January 23, 2018, and signed a deal that would last until the completion of the UEFA Women's Euro 2021.

At the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, an annual invitational event hosted in the United States, Neville made his England management debut. On March 1, 2018, England defeated France 4–1 before drawing 2–2 with Germany, putting the Lionesses in a position to win the championship with a win against the hosts, the United States. However, they finished second after a 1–0 loss.

After an unbeaten qualifying campaign for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup,


returned to the SheBelieves tournament in 2019, this time playing Brazil, Japan, and the hosts, the United States.

After a 2–1 win against Brazil in the first game and a 2–2 tie with the United States, England won the tournament for the first time by beating Japan 3–0 in the third game, despite the United States still having to face Brazil in their final game.

With a 3–0 victory against Wales on August 31, 2018, England qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

With victories against Scotland, Argentina, and Japan, Neville's England finished top in Group D. Following back-to-back 3–0 victories against Cameroon and Norway, England advanced to their second straight Women's World Cup semi-final, securing Team GB one of the three UEFA qualification spots for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

England defeated 2–1 to the United States in the semi-finals on July 2, 2019. England finished fourth in the World Cup four days later, after losing 2–1 to Sweden in the third-place play-off. He was chastised for his postgame remarks, in which he referred to the bronze medal match as a "stupid game."

Following England's impressive de facto qualifying performance at the 2019 World Cup, the FA confirmed on 30 June 2019 that Neville will be named manager of Team GB Women for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Following England's World Cup departure, the Lionesses struggled in a series of friendlies to close the year, notably a 2–1 loss to Germany at Wembley Stadium on November 9, 2019. With 77,768 spectators, the game established a new record for an England women's match.

England failed to retain their championship at the 2020 SheBelieves Cup in March, continuing their terrible record into 2020. The team's seven losses in 11 games, the worst streak since 2003, added to the strain on Neville, who said he was personally responsible for England's "terrible" record in the face of intensified media criticism.

Neville confirmed on April 22, 2020 that he will be quitting his role as manager when his contract expired in July 2021. Because Euro 2021, which was supposed to be held in England, was postponed a year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Neville would no longer be in charge of the squad for the event.

Despite originally claiming that he would carry out his contract, Neville resigned down as England's manager and, as a consequence, Team GB's manager on January 18, 2021, amid reports that he might take up the vacant Inter Miami role.

On January 18, 2021, Neville was named head coach of Inter Miami, a club owned by

David Beckham

, a former Manchester United teammate and current co-owner of Salford City. Inter Miami had only won two games in 12 games and had the lowest record in Major League Soccer.

Phil Neville in the media

He is a frequent on football radio commentaries and has been on the BBC's Match of the Day show as a commentator. After a good performance against Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale in November 2010, he became a top-trending Twitter phrase, prompting a tongue-in-cheek "Chuck Norris"-style online sensation.

During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Neville worked as a broadcaster and analyst for BBC One. On the 14th of June, 445 people complained about his "lack of passion and monotone manner'" when commentating on the England–Italy match.

In an online essay, he expressed his thoughts on the subject, saying: "The following day, I listened to it again, and it didn't seem like it was me commenting. I was attempting to be someone I wasn't, and I knew I was capable of more".

In January 2015, the BBC received further complaints over Neville's statements when Arsenal's Tomá Rosick made a pass while looking in the other way; Neville added that if he were playing against a player who did that in training, he would intentionally damage that player.

He agreed to make an offensive remark, but the BBC said the tone of the conversation was light-hearted enough to imply Neville was not condoning violence.

Following his departure from Valencia in 2016, he joined Sky Sports as a commentator for their Premier League coverage, with his brother Gary, who also returned.

Some quick facts about Phil Neville:

Although he never developed into a position as a regular player in the period that followed, he was a permanent fixture in the team from the 1995/96 season at the latest.

In the season that brought him the 1996 English Championship and FA Cup double, he spent most of the time at right-back after his brother Gary moved to central defence.

Setbacks befell Neville in the 1996/97 season, mainly due to injury breaks. He had to undergo knee surgery after just three games and then sit out six weeks.

Thigh problems followed, which he contracted in the warm-up phase of a Champions League game against Juventus Turin, and above all in December 1996 he contracted glandular fever, which briefly even seemed to jeopardize the continuation of his professional career.

An important fact about Phil Neville is that he managed to return to the squad in February 1997 and made 18 league appearances to win the second championship title in a row – enough for another medal in his collection.

Hopefully, he started with good performances in the ultimately trophy-less 1997/98 season, which, however, still did not bring him a regular place.

When regular left- back Denis Irwin was out for two months in November 1997, Neville took the position and returned mostly to the center at defense. Neville scored his first competitive goal on February 28, 1998 in a 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

In the Champions League, Neville scored his first European goal in November 1998, beating Brøndby IF 5-0. Although he made nine consecutive starts at the time, his place often remained on the substitutes' bench.

Despite more games in February 1999, doubts about the club's long-term prospects surfaced, but Neville enjoyed the confidence of manager Alex Ferguson, especially when they won the FA Cup.

He was here both in the replay semi-final against Arsenal (2-1 after extra time) and in the final against Newcastle United (2:0) over the entire match on the field.

In addition to his third English championship medal, he also won the Champions League title, where he came here in the decisive phase only for a ten-minute brief in the quarter-final second leg against Inter Milan (1-1); he was absent in the semifinals against Juventus Turin and in the 2-1 final triumph against FC Bayern Munich.

At the beginning of the 1999/2000 season, he represented his injured brother until December 1999, after which he returned to the 'second link'.

A notable fact about Phil Neville is that he gained his first experience on the left side of midfield on a temporary basis, but his role remained limited to that of a versatile substitute in a four-man defense even in the season that brought him his fourth championship – only eleven league appearances.

Neville won his English league title in 2001 and gained particular attention early in the 2002/03 season when he was given the role of replacing Roy Keane on a longer-term, and again temporary, basis in central midfield.

In the formation changed in this way, United also won another English Premier League title in 2003. He went on to become a serious contender for a midfield position, pushing himself as a competitor to the likes of Kléberson, Nicky Butt and Éric Djemba-Djemba.

He was only marginally involved in winning the FA Cup in 2004, helping out in the semi-finals after coming on for Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

The signs were now increasingly pointing to farewell. After another long-serving player, Nicky Butt, who had been with him for a long time, left the club in the summer of 2004 and Neville made only twelve league appearances in the starting line-up in the 2004/05 season, the question of future prospects arose, especially since the Club had again gone empty handed in the title decisions and the pressure to sign new players increased.

Eventually, Neville agreed with club management that he could leave Manchester United after a total of 389 competitive games.

In public and also retrospectively among United supporters, he was denied recognition for a long time, as his inconspicuous style of play was often perceived as "just average" - an image that was attached to his brother Gary to a lesser extent. Experts, on the other hand, appreciated his uncomplicated, versatile and mature style of play and attributed a large part to Manchester United's great successes.

On 4 August 2005, Neville joined Everton FC for a fee of £3.5m and signed a five-year contract. Due to his team-friendly style of play, the high willingness to run and his ability to hold several positions, he quickly became a favorite player of coach David Moyes, who eventually made him vice-captain behind David Weir.

When Weir joined Glasgow Rangers in January 2007, he finally took over the post. On 29 November 2006, a Premier League debut had already taken place when he and his brother captained their respective teams.

At the end of the 2008/09 season, he led the "Toffees" to the FA Cup final and played in the central defensive midfield position against


, which ended in a narrow 2-1 defeat.

Four years after moving from Manchester United, he had developed into a "leading figure" in Liverpool through fighting spirit, game intelligence and control.

The growing importance was particularly evident in the 2009/10 season, when Neville was out for three months from September 2009 due to a knee injury and the positive results were increasingly absent.

On 22 August 2011 Everton FC announced that the central midfielder had extended his contract for a further two years until the end of the 2012/13 season. After the conclusion of that season, Neville announced the end of his playing career.

Phil Neville On coaching England women's team

“Taking England to the Women’s World Cup in 2019 was the biggest thing I’d ever done in my professional life. Throughout my whole career as a player, I dreamed about going to a World Cup.

I had the opportunity to go to one as the England women’s manager, with 23 unbelievably talented footballers who were desperate for success. Standing on the touchline as their manager filled me with incredible pride.

When the opportunity to apply for the job first came up, I remember speaking to my sister Tracey – then the England netball coach – about it over a Christmas meal.

I’d worked in the men’s game all my life – as a player and as a coach – so it would be a different challenge to any I’d faced before. I wanted to gauge Tracey’s thoughts. Should I go for it?

She didn’t hesitate. “You’ve got to. This will be the biggest and the best thing that you ever do.”

The timing was perfect. I’d been coaching ever since the end of my playing career – first with England’s Under-21s, then Manchester United, and, finally, in Spain with Valencia.  I wanted to be a manager. Whether that was on the men’s side, women’s side, academy football or junior football, I wasn’t bothered. I just wanted to have my own team; wanted to build my own philosophy.

Until the World Cup that was the most important 30 minutes of my time as a manager, because that was the first contact I had with the players. It was my first opportunity to show them who I was, and what I was about. To deliver my philosophy. My aims. My vision.

I prepared for it like I’ve never prepared for any meeting in my life. I wanted it to be slick and smooth, but I also wanted to be myself – to be authentic.”

Phil Neville social media


Phil Neville social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (


) with 537k followers. In the page we can see various pictures of him with the fans and his family.

He also has a Twitter account (


) with more than 42k followers. He often posts new stuff on his Twitter page.

Phil Neville body measurements

Speaking about

Phil Neville body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the coach is 180 cm and 75 kg.

Phil Neville net worth and salary

Phil Neville is one of the wealthiest soccer players and one of the most popular coaches.

Phil Neville's net worth

is estimated to be around $20 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider. As a professional soccer player and manager, he earned the money.

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