Inter Miami fires Neville, good news for Messi?


Phil Neville is no longer the coach of Inter Miami. The Englishman, appointed in January 2021 by his friend and former Manchester United teammate, David Beckham, was dismissed from his post on Thursday, as was almost all of his staff. The former defender is paying for a lack of results within the young but very ambitious franchise which started in 2020 in Major League Soccer (MLS). The team is currently in last place in the Eastern Conference, five points from the last qualifying spot for the play-offs.

Beckham: ‘Now is the time to make a change’

« When we appointed Phil we knew he would give Inter Miami his all and I saw him working incredibly hard and with a real commitment to the ambitions we had set for the club, » David Beckham said. English football legend and current chairman of Inter Miami.(…) Sometimes in this game we have to make the toughest decisions and sadly we feel that now is the time to make a change.(…) This was a tough decision but the one we believe is the best for the club at the moment Phil and I started together in 2021 and since then I have seen firsthand the hard work, strong foundations and culture that ‘he helped instill at Inter Miami. »

This decision could have an impact on the club’s big goal in the coming days: to attract Lionel Messi (35). At the end of the contract at PSG, the Argentinian has been targeted for a long time by the Florida franchise which has made an offer to his entourage. This is a four-year contract for a salary of 50 million euros annually.

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According to Catalan newspaper Sport, Inter are considering appointing a well-known seven-time Ballon d’Or coach to replace Phil Neville: Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino. The latter would be considered the right person for a rapid adaptation of the former Barça idol in the United States. Martino and Messi have already collaborated twice together: at Barça during the 2013-2014 season, then with the Argentine selection between 2014 and 2016.

Original article published on RMC Sport


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