FROM STEVE BRENNER IN MIAMI
David Beckham stressed on Friday that his close friendship with Phil Neville wasn’t behind the former England women’s coach’s arrival as Inter Miami boss.
Neville and Beckham played together for Manchester United and England with the pair remaining close having both risen through the ranks at Old Trafford along with the likes of brother Gary, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.
Yet despite their relationship and how the appointment may be perceived, Beckham, who has been able to take a far more hands-on role in Miami since arriving in South Florida at Christmas, insists Neville is the perfect choice for his Major League Soccer franchise.
Neville, who has never held a head coach role in the men’s game after three years working for England’s women, snubbed the chance to lead Great Britain’s women’s team at the Tokyo Olympics and heads to Miami on a two-year deal.