Neville will consider time at Everton a failure… if he does not win a trophy
22:00 GMT, 25 March 2012
Phil Neville believes he will have failed in his time at Everton if he does not win a trophy.
The Everton skipper won six Premier League titles, three FA Cups, three Community Shields, the Intercontinental Cup and the Champions League in his 15 years at Manchester United.
But Neville, who will lead Everton out against Sunderland in an FA Cup quarter-final replay on Tuesday night, has nothing to show for seven years on Merseyside except the medal he received after losing the 2009 FA Cup final to Chelsea.
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The 35-year-old’s contract at Goodison Park expires at the end of next season and he admitted time is running out for him to add to his collection after a long run of near-misses at Everton.
‘I measure my success in medals won,’ he said. ‘I came into the game to win trophies, not for personal glory or plaudits.
‘I look at the development of the team under David Moyes and the opportunities that we've had to win medals. We got to the FA Cup final against Chelsea and it was really disappointing we didn't perform on the day.
‘Then there was the European run where we lost to Fiorentina (2008) who were knocked out by finalists Rangers. We also lost in the semi-final of the Carling Cup (in 2008) which was another chance lost. I don't want to see these chances keep slipping by.’
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Neville added: ‘I'd be disappointed if I left at the end of my contract and hadn't won anything. As the captain of the team, I'd call it a failure.
‘The biggest thing for me at Everton is you see the history and the old great players around the ground such as the (Howard) Kendalls, (Graeme) Sharps, (Kevin) Ratcliffes, (Neville) Southalls and they have all won something. They deserve every praise they get.
‘I think if I left Everton and didn't win a trophy then I'd say my time was a failure. It's just the way I would look at it.’