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Inter Miami name Phil Neville as new coach after England departure

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The nomination sees Neville reunite with former Manchester United teammate David Beckham, president and co-owner of the MLS club

Phil Neville will reunite with former Manchester United teammate David Beckham at Inter Miami after being named the new MLS club manager.

Miami announced earlier this month that they have agreed to part ways with Diego Alonso, the Uruguayan coach who oversaw their inaugural season.

The club finished 10th in the Eastern Conference in their MLS debut, advancing to the playoff round of the playoffs, where they were beaten 3-0 by Nashville.

Now Neville, who stepped down from his role as head coach of the England Women’s National Team with immediate effect earlier on Monday, will take his first leadership position in the men’s game.

The 43-year-old was named manager of the Lionesses in January 2018, guiding them to the semi-finals of the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

However, he was due to leave his post this summer when his contract expires, with Sarina Wiegman, currently in charge of the Netherlands, to take over after the Olympics.

Beckham, president and co-owner of Inter Miami, spent nine years playing in Man Utd’s first team with Neville, the duo together winning 12 major trophies – including six Premier League titles and the Champions League.

They also played together for England, both making their senior international debuts in 1996.

“I am incredibly thrilled with this opportunity to coach Inter Miami and to work with Chris and the entire ownership group,” Neville said of the appointment.

“They are a very young club with a lot of promise and benefits, and I am committed to challenging myself, my players and everyone around me to grow and build a competitive football culture that we can all to be proud of.

“This fantastic football-loving market deserves consistent performance and a winning mentality, and I can’t wait to get to work.”

Beckham, Inter Miami co-owner, added: “I am very happy with the management group we have created to lead the team as we turn the page after our inaugural season and we look forward to Chris and Phil joining us. soon.

“I’ve known Phil since we were both teenagers at Manchester United Academy. We share a footballing DNA having been formed by some of the best leaders in football, and it is these values ​​that I have always wanted to convey in our club.

“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.

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

Neville’s nomination creates a difficult situation for the GB team’s women’s football team, which Neville was due to take charge of at the Summer Olympics.

As Wiegman prepares to take a Dutch team to the Games, his last assignment before becoming England coach, the GB team are now coachless with just six months until the event takes place in Tokyo. .

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