Phil Neville is one of the remaining components of the disastrous David Moyes reign at Old Trafford, but the former Manchester United defender is hopeful he can continue with the club under the new regime, expected to be led by Louis van Gaal.
Moyes recruited Neville to his coaching staff having with the pair having worked together extensively at Everton but, just 10 months after their arrival at Manchester United, the manager was forced to relinquish his role. Steve Round, Jimmy Lumsden and other staff followed Moyes out, but Neville was retained under interim manager Ryan Giggs.
While Giggs is expected to stay with Manchester United in a senior coaching capacity once Van Gaal, as appears inevitable, joins the club after the World Cup this summer, the future is far less clear for Neville.
Neville, who made 386 appearances for Manchester United, realises his initial task was simply to support Giggs in this brief transitional period, but he has outlined a desire to remain with the club he loves for the rest of his career in the game.
"My remit has been to support Ryan in his job and give my best for the club. But I want to be part of Man United's future. I'm a Man United person,” Neville told The Guardian. “Take the results and what's happened aside, and it's been an incredible learning experience for me this season at a club that I love. I want to be here for the rest of my life. That's my hope."
Van Gaal, meanwhile, responded to the link with Manchester United for the first time on Wednesday, and the Netherlands boss said he would ‘love’ to succeed Moyes.