January 19 – Twenty-four hours after his contract as manager of England’s women was prematurely ended in anticipation of a move to the United States, Phil Neville has duly been named head coach of Inter Miami, the Major League Soccer club part-owned by David Beckham.
Neville’s appointment re-unites him with his former Manchester United teammate, with England now having to name an interim head coach until the Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman comes on board in September after leading her country at next summer’s Olympics.
“I have known Phil since we were both teenagers at the Manchester United Academy,” said Beckham who played with Neville for more than a decade. The pair are also part of the ownership group for Salford City, an English League Two team.
“We share a footballing DNA having been trained by some of the best leaders in the game, and it’s those values that I have always wanted running through our club.”
Neville will formally start at Inter Miami once he gets a work visa.
“This is a very young club with a lot of promise and upside, and I am committed to challenging myself, my players and everyone around me to grow and build a competitive soccer culture we can all be proud of,” said Neville who led England to the Women’s World Cup semi-finals in 2019 and had originally said he was planning to keep that job until after the rescheduled Tokyo Games.
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