Everton quartet to follow Moyes to Old Trafford

Phil Neville David MoyesDavid Moyes is ready to offer Phil Neville a role on his backroom staff as coach Rene Meulensteen prepares to leave Manchester United.

The new Old Trafford supremo will surround himself with his former Everton colleagues as he steps into Sir Alex Ferguson’s shoes officially later this summer.

Neville, who is 34th on the club’s all-time list of appearance-makers, impressed Moyes during his final months at Everton when he helped out on the training ground and looks set to be groomed to be first-team coach.

The Scotsman’s trusted lieutenants Jimmy Lumsden and Steve Round are also expected to help form a new-look backroom staff to replace Meulensteen and Mike Phelan, who departed last week.

Everton chief scout Robbie Cooke is the hot favourite to replace Martin Ferguson in a senior position in the club’s scouting set-up. The former Peterborough and Brentford player joined Moyes’ Goodison Park staff in 2002 and is credited with helping him identify many of his successful signings like Leighton Baines and Nikica Jelavic.

Although Chris Woods is tipped to succeed Eric Steele as goalkeeper coach at United, the ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Rangers man may struggle to combine his role with the USA alongside club duties.

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