England women’s manager Phil Neville is set to take charge of David Beckham’s Inter Miami side in Major League Soccer, according to reports.
It is understood the 43-year-old was approached about the role last week before the departure of Diego Alonso. The Uruguayan parted company with the Florida franchise on January 7, with Beckham looking to his former team-mate.
It is understood Neville has now agreed terms. The move will effectively rule him out of coaching the Great Britain women’s football team at this summer’s Olympics.
Inter Miami are co-owned by Neville’s former Manchester United and England team-mate Beckham. The former England skipper was back in Florida this weekend as the club moved towards an appointment.
Neville has been the England manager since January 2018, guiding them to the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup. But he said last year he intended to step down this July.
Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman has already been named as his successor but is not due to take charge until September. Neville’s England team have not played an international since March.
A poor 2020 SheBelieves Cup campaign left them with a record of just three wins in 11 games. He will inherit an MLS team that finished 10th out of 14 in the Eastern Conference during their maiden MLS campaign.
The Bury-born tactician has little experience of coaching in the men’s game. An unsuccessful one-year spell working under his brother Gary at Valencia ended in June 2016.
And he has focussed on the women’s game since then, winning 19 of 35 games in charge of the Lionesses.
The former Everton midfielder has been criticised in recent times for his side’s poor displays. But Beckham has put his trust in a man he knows well during the Red Devils’ glory years.
The pair won six Premier League titles together while at Old Trafford. They also claimed the FA Cup on three occasions and the 1999 Champions League.
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It was always going to be tough for the new MLS franchise in 2020 and they struggled. Just seven wins from 23 matches saw them way down the standings and out of the play-off picture.
It has been commonplace to see Premier League players the wrong side of 30 head stateside. Inter have none at present but are said to be keen on Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.
Never a regular starter since his move to Stamford Bridge, it might be an attractive proposition for the Frenchman. Neville’s connections in the English game might see more venturing to the Sunshine State before the window closes.
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