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Approach from Beckham's Inter Miami leaves Neville's Olympic role in doubt

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

09:39 7 Jan 2021


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Phil Neville could be forced to give up his role as Team GB's women's manager at this year's Tokyo Olympics if he takes charge at Inter Miami.

The 43-year-old has been approached by the MLS club, which is co-owned by Neville’s former Manchester United teammate David Beckham.

Neville is due to step down as manager of the England women's team in July when his contract expires but Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman won't replace him until September after deciding to stay on with the Dutch for the delayed Olympics.

That cleared the way for Neville to take charge of the Great Britain team at the rescheduled Tokyo Games later this year.

An official announcement was due to be made about his role at the Olympics later this month but Neville would not be in the frame for the job if he becomes manager at Inter Miami.

Inter Miami, managed by Uruguayan Diego Alonso, finished 10th of 14 teams in the Eastern Conference in their debut season, and lost in the first round of the play-offs.

MLS said in November that the plan was to start the new season in March.

Neville retired from football in 2013 and was involved in coaching straight away as a first-team coach under David Moyes at Manchester United.

Neville also coached in Spain with Valencia where he worked under Nuno Espirito Santo and then his brother Gary.

The former England defender was appointed manager of the England women's team in 2018 and led them to the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup.


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