Phil Neville Could Be Shock Replacement For Tony Pulis At Stoke City

Everton defender emerges as surprise candidate for Stoke job.

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Phil Neville could be set for a quick turn to management this summer after emerging as a surprise candidate for the Stoke City job, according to the Daily Mail.

The veteran defender and holding midfielder is expected to retire from football now that the season is over, and has been linked with a number of coaching positions, both at Everton and at former club Manchester United under departing Toffees boss David Moyes.

The 36-year-old will be on Stuart Pearce’s coaching staff for the England Under-21s as they take part in the European Championships in Israel this summer, and could be a Premier League manager by the time next season starts.

Tony Pulis is under pressure at Stoke after an unexpectedly poor season in the Premier League this year. The Potters found themselves in a battle to escape relegation, and though they succeeded in staying up, the club’s owner Peter Coates is said to be unhappy at the lack of progress made by the club in their years since joining the top flight in 2008.

It has not yet been confirmed if Neville will even retire from playing, though he is considering his future and would be understandably tempted by a managerial position in the Premier League.

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