Phil Neville should ignore Everton and United and wait for Beckham phonecall

Phil Neville - Everton

Using Phil Neville as an example we hypothesize as to whether David Beckham will use old friends in his MLS franchise.

Philip Neville is one of just a healthy handful of players who decided to end their professional footballing careers this summer.

After struggling with injury for much of the 2012-13 campaign the 36-year-old decided enough was enough and called time on his illustrious career.

Illustrious is certainly one way to put it; the fact is not many players gain such high status with two different teams as Neville did with both Manchester United and Everton.

Nowadays Neville is ready to embark on a new career and he has plenty of choices in regards to where he goes next.

It seems he has the potential to follow in the footsteps of his older brother Gary with offers for both punditry and management.

Neville has worked as a studio analyst on Match of the Day; as the BBC flagship football highlights show tries to adapt a more youthful line-up.

But he has also made it clear that he has a desire to get into coaching in the near future; and has been working toward his coaching badges as well as with the England Under-21’s.

The rumour mill on the matter has been churning in recent months that Neville could be following David Moyes to Manchester United whilst Roberto Martinez, the new man at the helm at Goodison Park, has admitted he would be happy to have Neville on board.

But we wonder if he should just hang around a little while longer; and for a phone-call from an old friend who also announced his retirement this summer.

David Beckham has decided to bring an end to his own playing career this summer and just like his former Manchester United team-mate has plenty of options for the rest of his career.

But when he has stopped swanning around China looking dapper he admits his aim is to take up the option on his MLS franchise.

The league expansion program is becoming more and more competitive every year with a desire to have a new team from New York and a Florida representative in the league by 2015.

The likes of the new Manchester City-New York Yankees brainchild, New York Cosmos and Orlando City have all been touted as possibilities.

And Beck’s is being linked with taking over a Florida franchise; likely to be in Miami; as the MLS looks to cash in on the high Hispanic diaspora in the city.

And when he takes up this option you can be sure a few old friends and favours will be called in. Given the black-book Beckham has accumulated throughout his career it would be a privilege to receive a phone-call and Neville might just be one of those players.

He could hang around in punditry for 18 months and then wait for the phone to ring and a softly spoken voice to ask;

‘’ Phil; fancy a move to Florida?’’

Do you think David Beckham will use old friends when he takes up his MLS franchise option?

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