Sources have told ESPN that David Beckham has held talks with former Manchester United teammate Phil Neville to discuss the coaching role at Inter Miami.
Neville, a co-owner of Salford City’s EFL League Two club alongside Miami part-owner Beckham, is set to leave his role as the England women’s team’s head coach later this year after initially announcing his decision last April to step down.
Because of his replacement, Sarina Wiegman, the 43-year-old vowed to continue in the role until after this summer’s delayed Tokyo Olympics, remaining in her place as head coach of the Netherlands until September.
Sources also said that the former Everton midfielder is keen to find a solution with the English Football Association that allows him to accept the Miami job and move to the United States, but with Beckham ready to give Neville the chance to take over the MLS team ahead of the new season, which is scheduled to begin in early March.
Diego Alonso is the Inter Miami head coach, but his role is surrounded by confusion, with the club saying last month that his future was ‘never decided.’
In their debut season in the MLS Eastern Conference in 2020, Miami finished 10th, but sources have said that Beckham and his fellow investors are determined to see an increase in results in 2021, with a new coach expected to be appointed to push the team in a new direction.
In the men’s game, Neville has yet to play his first role in leadership, having coached the England women’s team since 2018.
During David Moyes’ year in charge in 2013-14, the former England international spent a season as a first-team coach at United and also worked briefly in La Liga with Valencia during the 2015-16 season under Nuno Espirito Santo and his brother, Gary.
But sources have said that he now feels prepared to take on club management work and is open to the chance with Miami on offer.