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Coleman grateful to Moyes, Neville

Everton full-back Seamus Coleman has told the Liverpool Echo that he is grateful to David Moyes and Phil Neville for transforming him into a Premier League player.

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Coleman believes that manager Moyes and club captain Neville, who will both leave Goodison Park at the end of the season, have played a major part in nurturing his talent.

The 24-year-old has established himself as Everton's first-choice right-back over the closing weeks of the season, retaining his place even though Tony Hibbert has recovered from a long-term calf problem.

It is a sign that Moyes, who is leaving Everton to take charge at Manchester United, is satisfied that Coleman has developed the defensive game to go with his attacking qualities.

The young defender was nurtured by Moyes after being signed from League of Ireland side Sligo Rovers in 2009, breaking into the first team later that year.

He then continued his development by joining Championship side Blackpool on loan in March 2010, helping them win promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

Moyes initially deployed Coleman as an attacking right-sided midfielder, with Neville offering insurance by playing behind him in the full-back position.

And the Republic of Ireland international believes his manager and captain both deserve credit for helping him progress.

"David Moyes made me a Premier League player and Phil Neville helped along in a way and I'll be forever grateful to the two of them," he said.

Coleman played his part to ensure Moyes enjoyed a comfortable win in his final home game as Everton manager last Saturday, as West Ham were beaten 2-0 at Goodison Park.

"I think it was important for the manager," the defender said. "He's been so good for every one of us and I think you could see out there we wanted to play for the manager so he could say goodbye in style."

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