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MLS club Inter Miami to hire Phil Neville as manager

MLS club Inter Miami to hire Phil Neville as manager
Phil Neville on Monday stepped down from his role as coach of the England women's national team in order to take the same job for Major League Soccer club Inter Miami.  Photo by Sebastien Nogier/EPA-EFE

Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Phil Neville has agreed to become the new manager of Major League Soccer club Inter Miami.

Sources informed The Athletic, the Miami Herald and Sky Sports of the move on Monday. The Football Association also announced Monday that Neville stepped down from his role as manager of the England women's national team.

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"It has been an honor to manage England and I have enjoyed three of the best years of my career with the Football Association and the Lionesses," Neville said in a statement.

Neville, 43, replaces former Inter Miami manager Diego Alonso. Inter Miami and Alonso announced on Jan. 7 that they "mutually agreed to part ways." The club also plans to hire Chris Henderson as its new sporting director and chief soccer officer.

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Neville was teammates with Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham during his time as a player at Manchester United. He also played for Everton and the England national team before he retired in 2013.

Neville was an assistant at Manchester United and Valencia before he served as a temporary manager at Salford City in 2015. He was hired to coach England in 2018.

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Beckham and Neville now serve as co-owners of Salford City.

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Inter Miami had seven wins, three ties and 13 losses in its first season in 2020. The team also advanced to the playoffs, but lost its first game to Nashville SC.

The Football Association said it will "shortly confirm" the name of an interim coach before Sarina Wiegman assumes the full-time role in August.

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