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Inter Miami confirm appointment of Phil Neville as head coach

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Inter Miami have confirmed the appointment of ex-England women manager Phil Neville as new head coach, teaming up with former Manchester United teammate and friend David Beckham, franchise chairman and co-owner MLS.

While waiting for a work visa to get the final green light, Neville arrives in time to prepare for the 2021 MLS season, which is set to begin in March.

90 mins revealed earlier this month that Beckham was the one who convinced Neville to take the MLS move and persuaded his partners on the Inter Miami board to agree.

Talks between Neville and Beckham have included the subject of new investments and the addition of additional star names to an Inter roster that already includes Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi. The club have also invested heavily in Argentinian talent Matias Pellegrini.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity to coach Inter Miami and to work with [new sporting director] Chris [Henderson] and the entire ownership group, ”Neville said.

“It’s a very young club with a lot of promise and benefits, and I’m determined to challenge myself, my players and everyone around me to grow and build a competitive football culture that we can all be in. proud.

Inter Miami CF starting eleven
Inter Miami debuted in MLS in 2020 | Jose L. Argueta / ISI Photos / Getty Images

The move represents Neville’s first permanent head coach role at club level or in men’s football. He was previously part of Manchester United’s coaching staff during the 2013/14 season under David Moyes, while briefly acting boss at Salford City in 2015, the club he shares with his brother Beckham. Gary, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt.

But Beckham clearly isn’t worried about inexperience.

“I’ve known Phil since we were both teenagers at Manchester United academy. We share the DNA of football having been coached by some of the best leaders in football, and these are the values ​​that I have always wanted at our club, ”said the former England captain.

“Phil has extensive football experience, as a player and coach at club and international level, and over the course of his career he has worked with many of the best managers and players in football.

David Beckham, Luis Robles
David Beckham is co-owner of Inter Miami | Michael Reaves / Getty Images

“I know his qualities as a person, his decency, his loyalty and his honesty – and his incredible energy and work ethic. Anyone who’s played or worked with Phil knows he’s a natural leader, and I think now is the time for him to join him.

Under former head coach Diego Alonso in the fledgling club’s first MLS season, Inter finished 10th in the Eastern Conference and 19th out of 26 overall.

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