Gary Neville could be a contender to join David Moyes at Sunderland

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Ex-Manchester United man Gary Neville could be a contender to join David Moyes' backroom team at Sunderland.

Moyes jetted off to France with the rest of the Sunderland squad today, ahead of a week-long stay in the Lake Geneva area where the Black Cats will face three pre-season friendlies - starting with tomorrow's encounter against FC Stade Nyonnais.

Assistant manager Paul Bracewell and first-team coach Robbie Stockdale headed out with the squad after the pair took charge of yesterday's win at Rotherham, while Moyes watched from the stands.

But there has been no indication yet over whether Moyes will keep the backroom team in place, or bring in his own staff.

Moyes took Everton pair Steve Round and Jimmy Lumsden with him to Manchester United when he took charge three years ago, along with former England international Phil Neville.

And reports today have indicated that Phil's brother Gary could be in contention for a place on Moyes' backroom team at the Stadium of Light, with the Sky Sports pundit indeed thought to be a name under consideration.

Neville had an ill-feted spell in charge at Valencia last season, while he left his role assistant to departed England boss Roy Hodgson after the European Championships.