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Inter Miami owner Beckham runs into questions about Neville’s hiring – Soccer Sports

Inter Miami CF The owner, David Beckham, was bristle when asked if he hired the former. Manchester United Teammate Phil Neville led the team for years of friendship.

Neville, who was hired to coach the MLS club on Monday, played with Beckham at Manchester United from 1994 to 2003. EnglandThe national team from 1996 to 2007, they are the owners of some of the fourth tier Salford City in the United Kingdom. Neville led the England women’s team from 2018 to this month, with three Lioness losing to the United States in the 2019 World Cup semifinals.

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But when asked if friendship was a factor in hiring Neville at the new director’s introductory press conference, Beckham had nothing to do with it.

“Of course, people will always look back and say,’Oh, that’s because he’s your friend.’ It has nothing to do with his being my friend,” Beckham said on Friday. “Our ownership group does more than just hire friends. We hire the best people in the field, off-field, backroom staff, training facility staff, and stadiums.

“We run a full-fledged football club here, and after all, I think we’re hiring someone who we think is best suited for the job.”

Neville knows that many foreign coaches are struggling with MLS in salary caps, artificial turf and extreme weather, with the exception of Gerardo Martino in Atlanta in 2018 and Gary Smith in Colorado in 2010. Stated.With Beckham LA galaxy When the latter played in MLS.

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“The biggest challenge for me as a coach is to come here and prove to people that foreign coaches can come here and succeed,” Neville said. “There will also be various time zones that we have to adapt to, such as travel, but in the end I think I had to adapt in my football career, my short coaching career. Various situations such as travel and heat.

“So I had a good experience with it. I came to America every few days every preseason when I was in another city. We have to adapt to it. And we Did it. We were playing games on the east and west coasts every few days. So I’m looking forward to the challenge. “

He inherits a roster that includes strikers Gonzalo Higuain and midfielder Blaze Matudi, Both 33.

“I think these players know they’re a little hurt. I’m a little scared at this point in time for last season’s performance,” Neville said. “And they want to go back this season and show everyone how good they are, so with that hunger, determination we saw this week, we can join the season. I’m sure. If the quality of the players I want to bring in is improved a little, I think it will be a really strong unit. “

Neville was an assistant coach at Valencia In 2015-16, my brother Gary was the head coach. Phil Neville was too nervous to answer the question in Spanish on Friday, but will start after the opening round of the season.

He expects a seamless transition from coaching women to men.

“The session at Manchester United and the session at Valencia were no different than the session at last year’s women’s team,” he said. “Football played on the same pitch, the same size ball, the referee, the stadium supporters, and ultimately the same goal. That’s the win.”

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.

– Soccer Sports

Inter Miami owner Beckham runs into questions about Neville’s hiring

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