Phil Neville has agreed to become the new manager of David Beckham’s MLS franchise Inter Miami, report Oliver Kay and Katie Whyatt. The Football Association announced Neville’s departure from his role with England Women on Monday with an Inter Miami announcement expected in the next 24 hours. The position will be Neville’s first managerial role in the men’s game, having coached England since 2018.
Is there any connection between Neville and Inter Miami?
Yes. Inter Miami are co-owned by Neville’s former Manchester United and England team-mate David Beckham. They are both also fellow co-owners of League Two side Salford City.
How have Inter Miami performed?
The club began playing in MLS during the 2020 season under Uruguayan manager Diego Alonso. In their debut season, they finished 10th of 14 teams in the Eastern Conference and lost in the first round of the play-offs. Miami announced in December that Alonso’s future at the club had “still not been determined”. The 2021 MLS season is expected to begin in March.
How has Neville’s reign as England manager been?
Neville guided England Women to the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup in France. England have not played an international since March, when their SheBelieves Cup campaign left them with a record showing just three wins in 11 games stretching back to the World Cup semi-final defeat to the USA — the team’s worst run of results since 2003. Prior to his role with England, Neville spent a season as first-team coach at Manchester United during David Moyes’ year in charge in 2013-14 and also briefly worked in La Liga with Valencia under Nuno Espirito Santo and his brother, Gary, during the 2015-16 season.
The FA’s director of women’s football, Baroness Sue Campbell, said in a statement on Monday: “I want to pay tribute to Phil for his significant contribution during his three years with The FA.
“In particular, the commitment, dedication and respect he has shown the position has been clear to see, and I will personally miss our many conversations about ways we can improve and progress.”
She added: “We will be in a position to provide an update soon on an interim appointment, as well as provide a further update on the coaching situation regarding Team GB.”
But what’s next for England? Well, Sarina Wiegman will be taking over England in September 2021, after this summer’s rearranged Olympic Games in Tokyo. Neville had been due to coach Team GB at the postponed Olympics which will take place in July. A replacement is now being looked for.