Phil Neville has been fired by David Beckham’s MLS Inter Miami after New York Red Bulls defeated them in the Eastern Conference.
The 1-0 loss on Wednesday was their fourth defeat in a row and their 10th from 15 games in the league this season, given Inter Miami the third-worst record in the MLS.
Neville blasted the fans following the defeat after his son, Harvey, was booed when he was played as a late substitute in the match.
Beckham – Inter Miami owner – in a statement paid tribute to former Man Utd team-mate Neville, saying: “Phil has made a real contribution to the culture of our club with his qualities as a leader and knowledge as a coach.”
“Sometimes in this game we have to make the toughest decisions and sadly we feel the time is right to make a change. I want to personally thank Phil for his hard work, his passion for our club and for his integrity as a person.”
Neville also added that: “I would like to thank the ownership group for their trust and making me a part of this project, the players and staff for their impressive commitment, dedication and hard work and the fans for their unwavering support for the club since day one.”
“I’m grateful to have played a part in the growth of this club and wish Inter Miami CF all the best in the future.”
Phil Neville joined Inter Miami in 2021, just two years on from the franchise’s inception but only led the MLS side to an 11th-placed finish in the Eastern Conference.
The club did improve under him, as Inter Miami reaching the first round of the play-offs, before they were comfortably seen off by New York City in the first round.
Neville’s Miami had lost only four games fewer than in the entirety of 2022 at the time of his sacking after he led them to 15 of the 34 league matches.
Philip John Neville is an English football manager and former player, who is the former head coach of MLS team Inter Miami CF.
The Englishman was born on 21 January 1977 and he is also the co-owner of Salford City, along with several of his former Manchester United teammates.
Neville played for Manchester United for 10 years and after that, he joined Everton in 2005, where he spent the final eight years of his playing career.
With United, Neville won six Premier League titles, three FA Cups, three FA Charity Shields, the Intercontinental Cup, and the Champions League.
Neville also appeared for England 59 times between 1996 and 2007, representing the nation at three European Championships.
He was a versatile player as he could play in defence or midfield; due to this versatility, he operated in a number of different positions throughout his career, but was most often used as a full-back.