Phil Neville has been named the new head coach of the Major League Soccer team Inter Miami after completing his tenure as head of the English women

Inter Miami confirmed the news on Monday, and a few hours later the football association announced that the 43-year-old would be stepping down from his role with the lionesses with immediate effect

The club is jointly owned by Neville’s former Manchester United and England teammate David Beckham, who is also his co-owner of second division Salford

Neville said in a statement posted on Inter Miami’s website, “I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity to coach Inter Miami and work with Chris (Henderson, the club’s new soccer director and sporting director) and the entire ownership group

“This is a very young club with promising and positive results I am determined to challenge myself, my players, and everyone around me to grow and build a competitive football culture that we can all be proud of

“This fantastic football-mad market deserves consistent performance and a successful mentality, and I look forward to getting to work”

Beckham said, “I am very pleased with the leadership group we have created to lead the team as we turn the page after our inaugural season and look forward to Chris and Phil joining us soon

“I’ve known Phil since we were both teenagers at Manchester United Academy. We share football DNA that has been coached by some of the best leaders in the game, and I’ve always wanted those values ​​at our club

“Phil has extensive experience in football, as a player and as a coach, both at club level and at international level Over the course of his career, he has worked with many of the game’s best managers and players

“I know his qualities as a person, his decency, loyalty and honesty – and his incredible energy and work ethic. Everyone who has played or worked with Phil knows that he is a natural leader, and I believe he is now the right time for him to join ”

In its earlier announcement of Neville, who had previously left England at the end of his contract in July, the FA said he will confirm the name of an interim manager “shortly”

The Board of Directors announced last summer that Neville’s successor would be Dutch boss Sarina Wiegman However, she was slated to take up her job in this role only in September, having directed the Dutch at the Tokyo Olympics

It also remains to be seen what the FA does about a manager for the British team at the Olympics that Neville was in line for

After being appointed English boss in January 2018, Neville led the team to the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup and won the SheBelieves Cup earlier this year

The announcement that he would leave the post in July 2021 came in April last year after it had been decided to postpone the European Championship, which will be held in England, from 2021 to 2022, as the sports calendar was affected by the coronavirus pandemic / p>

The team had just had a disappointing SheBelieves Cup campaign, where two losses in eleven games resulted in seven losses. They have not played an international match since then The friendlies against Germany and Norway were canceled

Neville said in the FA statement announcing his departure: “It has been an honor to manage England and I have spent three of the best years of my career with the FA and the Lionesses

“The players wearing the England shirt are some of the most talented and dedicated athletes I have ever worked with. They have challenged me and improved my coaching skills and I am very grateful to them for the fantastic memories they have we shared ”

Baroness Sue Campbell, the FA’s director of women’s football, said Neville “made a significant contribution during his three years with the FA,” adding, “We will be able to provide an update on a preliminary one shortly To provide an appointment as well as another update on the coaching situation with regard to Team GB ”

Neville succeeds Diego Alonso at Inter Miami after the Uruguayan split from the club earlier this month

Under Alonso, Inter Miami’s first MLS season finished 10th last year Place in the Eastern Conference and then eliminated in the play-in round from the play-offs of the MLS Cup

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