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24th Jul 2016

David Moyes wants to team up with Gary Neville at Sunderland

What about Phil?

Robert Redmond

What about Phil?

David Moyes is the new Sunderland manager. Two years after being sacked as Manchester United manager, and eight months on from being dismissed as Real Sociedad coach, the 53-year-old is back in the Premier League.

Moyes has signed a four-year-deal with the Black Cats, replacing Sam Allardyce, who has left the Stadium of Light to become England manager.

There’s been no word yet on the Scot’s coaching staff at Sunderland, but, according to The Sunderland Echo, Moyes wants to appoint Gary Neville as his assistant.

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Gary’s younger brother Phil was part of Moyes’ coaching staff at Old Trafford, and worked on his brother’s coaching team at Valencia last season.

However, both of the Neville brothers are currently without a club. Gary was sacked as Valencia coach towards the end of last season, and Phil left soon after. The elder Neville also resigned as England coach following the country’s exit to Iceland at Euro 2016.

Paul Bracewell, who acted as Allarydce’s assistant last season, and first-team coach Robbie Stockdale are still at Sunderland, and took charge of the team’s friendly against Rotherham on Saturday.

However, there’s a chance Moyes may want to bring in his own staff, as he did at United when he succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson.

Steve Round, who was Moyes’ assistant at United, is currently a coach with Derby County, so Gary could be in contention for the role.

However, most football fans would like to see him fill the vacancy on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show.

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