Captain Fantastic Phil Neville is real deal for Everton FC

06 February 2010 07:00
Captain Fantastic is real deal for Blues

THE essential qualities of a true captain have been discussed at length in the wake of the John Terry scandal.

As the national hand-wringing over whether Fabio Capello was right to strip Terry of the captaincy continues, David Moyes can relax safe in the knowledge that he has the real deal.

In Phil Neville, the Scot has a leader of men who was schooled in one of the finest teams to grace the Premier League.

The 33-year-old has certainly secured the eternal admiration of his current manager, who views him as the complete captain.

He said: 'I think Phil Neville has learned from a great club looking at great captains in the past.

'How they've conducted themselves - people like Bryan Robson and Roy Keane.

'He's looked at these people and he's thought that is how he should handle himself, and what he should demand from the team and prepare himself. He is completely focussed on his job but also takes responsibility for the team.

'Phil continually takes the ball and won't hide because he knows he has to be the one.

'I've heard him say many times that if the supporters boo one of us, they boo us all.

'That is Phil's outlook. It sounds as if those lads from United have had a really good grounding, and it's probably why they've been so successful.

'They've had lots of Phil Nevilles in their group. Phil has the same effect at Everton in terms of players watching his commitment that Eric Cantona had at United.'

Moyes believes the Neville Factor has been a big influence on other senior Everton players like Tim Cahill and Tim Howard.

'Phil has a great effect on other people,' he said.

''He has a great effect on Tim Cahill, he has a great effect on Tim Howard and I can see his attitude rubbing off on Mikel Arteta and Leon Osman.

'They are all beginning to take responsibility around the club and around the team.

'Phil was a big loss while he was out injured.'

Source: Liverpool_Echo