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Newly Appointed Inter Miami Boss Phil Neville Hails David Beckham; Insists He Wasn’t Handed Job by Former Team-mate

Former Lioness manager Phil Neville was appointed as the Inter Miami boss in January
Former Lioness manager Phil Neville was appointed as the Inter Miami boss in January / Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Phil Neville has insisted that he was not given the Inter Miami job because of his friendship with former Manchester United team-mate, David Beckham.

Neville was appointed Inter Miami boss in January and admitted that the interview process for the MLS job was "as difficult as any I've experienced". He told talkSPORT: "When I was looking at this job I have to say, and you’re probably not going to believe me, but the interview process was as hard as any I have done.

"In terms of convincing – not David, David knows my qualities and we’d been speaking about this for a long time – but the other owners, the Mas family who are major shareholders in the organisation, they wanted to know and they wanted to pick the right person.

"They had sacked a manager after 12 months which they didn’t want to do, and they knew they had to make big, big changes and they have invested a lot of money into the facilities. Our training ground is worth £80m and it’s as good as anything in European football – it’s the best in America. Ultimately they liked me, they employed me and we’ve got off to a good start."

The former England women's boss secured his first victory against Philadelphia Union on April 25, and he admitted he's happy with the way the season's begun. He added: "The season has started, we’ve got our third game on Sunday. We lost the first game but played well, and we won the second game which was a big victory, really, to get your first victory in the league, and the boys played well.

“I’m loving it – the weather is incredible, the facilities and training ground is as good as anything I’ve been involved in. So I’m loving it. The players have loved it. We’ve got Gonzalo HIguain who is a world-class player, we’ve got Blaise Matuidi who is a World Cup winner, they just see this as part of what they’ve done as part of their career. They have been great and taken on everything we have wanted.

“And we are expected to win the MLS title this season. David, as one of the owners, everything he’s done he’s wanted to win and wanted to be the best at, and we’ve got the best training ground in America."