Phil Neville named Inter Miami manager

Phil Neville has been confirmed as the new head coach of MLS side Inter Miami.

The 43-year-old left his role as England Women head coach on Monday, several months earlier than originally planned, having previously announced he would leave in the summer before Sarina Wiegman takes over.

England will now name an interim head coach until Wiegman comes on board after next summer’s Olympics, with a recruitment process already under way following the departure of Neville’s assistant Rehanne Skinner, who became Tottenham Women boss in November.

Inter Miami, who are part-owned by Neville’s former England team-mate David Beckham, parted company with manager Diego Alonso earlier this month.

“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.

“This fantastic soccer-loving market deserves consistent performances and a winning mentality, and I look forward to getting to work.”

Beckham and Neville were teammates at Man United.

Speaking of the arrival of Neville, along with the appointment of Chris Henderson as chief soccer officer (CSO) and sporting director, Beckham said: “I am very happy with the leadership group we have established to lead the team as we turn the page following our inaugural season and look forward to having Chris and Phil join us soon.

“I have known Phil since we were both teenagers at the Manchester United Academy. 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.

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

“I know his qualities as a person, his decency, loyalty and honesty – and his incredible energy and work ethic.

“Anyone who has played or worked with Phil knows he is a natural leader, and I believe now is the right time for him to join.”

Inter finished 10th out of 14 teams in the MLS Eastern Conference last season.

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