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Phil Neville - Everton - Nothing But The Best

Started on 16 June 2013 by Arvind / First Post
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A change in PersonNev

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Neville overhauls backroom staff


Phil Neville has applied his own impression on Everton as he overhauls his staff team.

Assistant Manager Steve Round followed the trail of David Moyes to Manchester United, where he penned a six-year deal. To fill his shoes, Everton have made a bizarre appointment - that of Pescara Under-20 coach Luigi Iervese.

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Little-known Iervese will take over as Neville's right hand man

The Italian, 46, has only worked with one professional club - namely Pescara - and as such comes as a surprising choice by the former Everton captain, especially considering Everton legends Stubbs and Weir were in the frame for the job.

The real shock, however, are the rest of the departures from the backroom.

Aside from head of youth development Alan Irvine, reserves manager Andy Holden, youth coach Duncan Ferguson, physio Richie Porter and Neil Dewsnip - who received a promotion to the manager of the under-18 squad - all other staff members have had their contracts terminated.

"This was one of the things that Phil was very particular about when he took the job. He wanted his own staff, he wanted everything to be done the way he has planned it. Of course, it's sad seeing almost all of the old bunch leaving, but the new guys have come here and started working from day one. Phil likes to micromanage and he's involved in so many things even though it's so early on and I doubt the lad has gotten a decent rest since he's taken on the job." said chairman Kenwright.

Inter's Sergio Zanetti will join former Blackburn staff member Mark Howard in the first team coaching department, while former Italian international Franco Tancredi will be in charge of the goalkeepers. Everton's medical team will be lead by 50-year-old Pete Friar and West Ham's Jimmy Hampson will take charge of the Blues' scouting missions.

Something I do all the time, I must always change the backroom staff!
That is a very random AssMan appointment :o but in Phil we trust :P
Screw Stubbs and Weir! This bloke is half decent!
Some great arrivals, but the departures might hurt the squad morale ;) Phil Neville can be either a flop, or a great manager.
Steve Round is a good assman i think..but good other staff replacements!
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Philling in the gaps

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Everton announce first singings...and departures


Everton have completed and announced their first transfer dealings in this window in an attempt to be one step ahead of the rest. Manager Phil Neville wants the club to sign their players early on rather than wait until later in the window when they would have to fight competition from other clubs and pay a premium for players.

The Toffee's first signing of the summer was that of Slovakian international Vladimir Weiss on a free transfer.

The winger started his career at English giants Manchester City, but was unable to break in to the first team, and spent most of his time on loan with other clubs, including Rangers and Espanyol. Weiss, 22, subsequently joined Italian club Pescara after the end of his contract with City on a one-year deal, with an option for another year. However, Pescara were relegated to the Serie B, and therefore Weiss decided to end his affiliation with the Italians and return to England

Everton reportedly stole the winger from under the noses of fellow Premier League club West Ham, who were the bookies favourites' to sign him. But Neville's swift movement and determination to land him saw Glasgow Rangers' fan join the Blues before the Londoners even submitted a contract offer to the player.


The Merseysiders' then completed a coup with their second signing - that of Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien on a season-long loan, with Everton paying half his wages plus an undisclosed fee.

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The Ghana star joined Chelsea in August 2005 for a then club record £24.4m, and soon became an integral part of Jose Mourinho's title-winning squad. But after several long-term injuries, many claimed that the defensive midfielder was not the player he used to be. He was sent on a season long loan last term to La Liga runner-ups Real Madrid, where he was reunited with former boss Jose Mourinho. The duo returned to London this summer, but Essien was deemed surplus to requirements by 'The Special One' and Everton have snapped up the 30-year-old till the end of the season.
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"I think we've pulled off a great deal," said Phil Neville.

"Michael has experience playing with some of the biggest clubs in Europe and that is bound to help us. I don't care what anybody says - he's still a quality player that can add loads to our first team - and hopefully he can help out the youngsters too."


Neville clearly views central midfield as an area to strengthen - as he has signed another midfielder. Cagliari's Swedish midfielder Albin Ekdal completed a £3m move to Everton on Tuesday following a medical.
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Ekdal made the move from his homeland to Scudetto winners Juventus in 2007, but due to a lack of playing time, he made a loan move to Siena, during which his impressive performances prompted Bologna to sign him. He transferred to Cagliari a season later, and after two seasons with the Sardinian club he has made the move to English football.

The 22-year-old is fluent in English and said that he is excited about playing in the Premier League and hopes to make his international debut for Sweden in the near future.

Along with these signings, Everton have also announced the departure of some squad members.

Striker Victor Anichebe was deemed unneeded by Neville and has been shipped off to Welsh club Swansea for a fee of around £1.7m. Greek striker Apostolos Vellios has also left Goodison Park for Ipswich Town in search of first-team football in a £1m deal.

The biggest name to leave the blue half of Liverpool this season is Irish midfielder Darron Gibson.

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The long shot maestro left Old Trafford for regular first-team action 18 months ago, and while Everton did not have any plans on selling him at first, Stoke City's £6m offer quickly changed their mind. The 24-year-old has signed a 4-year deal at the Britannia worth £37,000 a week.
More terrible puns :))

Nice signings, and nice job letting Gibson go. Never liked him. :P
Some good signings there mate Weiss is a great one especially imo! Nice work shifting Gibson as well.
Great update and good signings m8 :)
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Some good signings there mate
Good signings, but Gibson is usually a beast when I play as Everton, would of been nice for you to use him but not least you got good money for him!
I love Ekdal, he's quality, not to mention the Bison.Great signings there Arvind.
Ekdal is brilliant, as well Weiss! Weiss is absolute class and Essien should field the shoes of.. ANICHEBE!
Is this over already? :O :( :P

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