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David Beckham's Inter Miami want Phil Neville as new manager

Jan 7, 2021, 2:45 PM GMT
Phil Neville
Neville is set to leave his position as coach of England women | Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Talks between MLS club Inter Miami and Phil Neville have taken place, as the club part owned by David Beckham attempts to lure the outgoing England women's coach to take up the role as manager.

The Lionesses boss had been asked by the FA to lead Team GB's women's football team this summer in Tokyo after the Olympics were postponed due to coronavirus last year, but circumstances could yet change.

David Beckham
Beckham is part owner of Inter Miami | Michael Janosz/ISI Photos/Getty Images

Current Netherlands women coach Sarina Wiegman is set to take over as England boss, but not until after the Olympics, leaving the FA in search of a replacement for Neville.

According to Sky Sports, Neville's former Manchester United and England teammate Beckham is keen to have Neville on board after a difficult season last year under Diego Alonso, who left his role as manager on Thursday after the club finished tenth out of 14 in the MLS Eastern Conference.

In a statement, Inter Miami managing owner Jorge Mas said: “On behalf of the organisation, I want to thank Diego for his hard work and dedication during our inaugural season and wish him the best in his future endeavours.

"This was a difficult year and a very tough decision for everyone, but we believe it is the right step for the club. We have great expectations for Inter Miami in the short and long term.”

The new MLS season is scheduled to start in March.

Neville, who enjoyed a World Cup run that saw his side reach the semi-finals in 2019, has since overseen the worst run of form since 2003 after a string of defeats in friendly fixtures. In April last year Neville admitted he would leave at the end of his current contract.