THERE was a furrowing of brows from sections of the Everton support when Roberto Martinez talked about Phil Neville this week.
The new Blues manager plans to speak to the former captain about a coaching role in the new set-up at Goodison Park but his words were met with a mixed response.
Yet those who have doubts about Neville being a top class coach and valuable member of the backroom staff need to forget about how his Everton career finished.
They need to get past the performance against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup and try and ignore the way his career at the club petered out in the final few months as injury and a lack of form kept him on the sidelines.
Neville was an excellent leader for the club, a motivator, a ranter and a raver but also a thinker who has an astute mind for football.
That ability to read the game, coupled with his studiousness and desire to learn has long made Neville a coach in waiting.
Martinez has quickly realised that Everton would be foolish not to at least speak with him.
Manchester United, it has been said, are of a similar mind-set with Neville as David Moyes plans for his first season at Old Trafford.
Securing the services of Neville would, in many ways, be a coup for Martinez.
A shrewd acquisition who can not only be an important presence at Finch Farm but also provide a strong link between the players and Martinez.
Martinez is expected to bring a clutch of his backroom staff from Wigan with him to Everton but he does not want to make a cold, brutal break with the past.
The Spaniard has already spoke in glowing terms about the work of Alan Irvine at the club's Academy and said he was disappointed to have lost the services of David Weir this week.
A new era is underway at Everton but Martinez is not about to start a revolution.