Ex-England Player Phil Neville in Talks to Take over Inter Miami

Phil Neville in 2020. Photo by Daniela Porcelli/SPP/Shutterstock (10580735ah)

It appears that Inter Miami won’t have patience with head coach Diego Alonso after a struggling outing in the 2020 MLS season. According to ESPN, Miami is close to firing Alonso, with former England international Phil Neville being the favorite to take over.

Reportedly, Inter owner David Beckham already had talks with Neville about the position, and the two sides are expected to continue discussions in the near future. Beckham and Neville are former teammates, sharing a locker room on an international level and playing together at Manchester United between 1994 and 2003.

Inter invested heavily to have a competitive roster for their inaugural season last year, bringing in former Juventus stars Blaise Matuidi and Gonzalo Higuain. However, the club underperformed and finished 10th in the Eastern Conference with 13 losses in 23 games.

It was expected that Alonso would get one more season at the helm, but sources close to the club say that Beckham and the rest of Inter’s brass aren’t happy with his work and want to take the club in a new direction in 2021.

Phil Neville is currently the manager of the England women’s national team, a position he’s held since 2018. His other coaching experiences include a first-team coach role with Man Utd under manager David Moyes and an assistant stint with La Liga side Valencia.