In big chunks: Punditry may arm for Neville after a managerial failures

This is Best Sports Live…As Inter Miami manager, Phil Neville has been sacked

Neville for an uncertain future having been sacked from the position as Inter Miami manager. The former Man United was given the boot by the MLS club, which is co-owned by his former team-mate Beckham. 

In 2021 he was appointed, however, having resigned from his position in charge of the England Women’s team. While now without a job, we take a look at what caused his sacking and if he has a future as a manager.

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Neville was sacked after his side lost a 1-0 goal win at home to the New York Red Bulls. 

It was the franchise’s fourth consecutive loss in the MLS, leaving them rock bottom of the Eastern Conference after 15 games. 

The pressure was beginning to tell on Neville, who recently swore at a reporter in the press conference that followed a 3-1 goal-win home defeat to Orlando City. 

Inter Miami has with finished 11th in the Eastern Conference in the manager’s first season in 2021 but made the playoffs last year with a sixth-place finish. 

This season’s results have therefore been a big disappointment, with Inter only winning five of their 15 matches and losing ten. But the former England captain released a statement on the website in which he spoke about the process. 

He said in his statement: “When we appointed Phil we knew he would give Inter Miami his all and I have watched him work incredibly hard and with real commitment towards the ambitions we set out for the club. He and his family embraced Miami and he has devoted himself to the drive to bring success to the city and our fans. Phil did make a real contribution to our club with his qualities given to the fact that he’s our leader and 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.” 

However, during Neville’s managerial career, his qualifications for the roles he has been given have often been questioned. Following coaching positions at United and Valencia, his spells with the Lionesses and Inter Miami have both failed.

Neville’s tenure as the boss started brightly with a victory in the She Believes Cup and a run to the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup. Results then took a dip and with his job under pressure, the coach announced that he would leave the role when his contract expired following Euro 2021. 

With that tournament being pushed back to 2022 following the coronavirus crisis, he stepped down earlier than planned and took the Inter Miami job. The success of the Lionesses under Wiegman, with her team winning the European Championship, has made his tenure look even less impressive. 

Neville has been given two big chances to establish a name for himself as a manager and failed them. It is hard to see where he goes from here. If he wanted to continue as a head coach, then he would surely have to drop down to a less high-profile role than the ones that he has so far occupied. Perhaps it is time for Phil to follow Gary into TV punditry. His brother’s sacking by (Valencia) has not held him back from enjoying a prominent role in the sport.

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