Phil Neville insists his appointment at Inter Miami was NOT a gift from David Beckham

Phil Neville insists his appointment at Inter Miami was NOT a gift from his pal and former Man United team-mate David Beckham, as he claims the interview process was ‘as hard as any I have done’

  • Ex-Lioness coach Phil Neville was appointed as the Inter Miami boss in January
  • Neville is adamant that he was not ‘given’ the job by his friend David Beckham
  • He says the interview process ‘was as difficult as any’ others he has experienced
  • Neville also claims he has ‘got off to a good start’ after securing his first victory  

Phil Neville is adamant that he was not ‘given’ the Inter Miami job by his old friend and former Manchester United team-mate David Beckham.

Having joined the American outfit in January, Neville says the interview process ‘was as difficult as any’ others he had experienced and claims it was difficult to ‘convince’ the owners that he was the ‘right person’. 

The former Lioness manager believes he has ‘got off to a good start’ at the club after securing his first victory against Philadelphia Union on April 25. 

Former Lioness manager Phil Neville was appointed as the Inter Miami boss in January

Neville played with Beckham on Manchester United from 1994 to 2003 and England’s national team from 1996 to 2007. 

The former Class of ’92 pair are also part owners of fourth-tier Salford City in England. 

However, Neville claims his relationship with Beckham has nothing to do with his appointment as the MLS club’s manager.   

Speaking to TalkSport, Neville said: ‘When I was looking at this job I have to say, and you’re probably not going to believe me, but the interview process was as hard as any I have done.

Neville (M) is adamant that he was not 'given' the job by his old friend and David Beckham (L)

Neville (M) is adamant that he was not ‘given’ the job by his old friend and David Beckham (L)

Neville played with Beckham on Manchester United from 1994 to 2003 and for England

Neville played with Beckham on Manchester United from 1994 to 2003 and for England

‘In terms of convincing – not David, David knows my qualities and we’d been speaking about this for a long time – but the other owners, the Mas family who are major shareholders in the organisation, they wanted to know and they wanted to pick the right person.

‘They had sacked a manager after 12 months which they didn’t want to do, and they knew they had to make big, big changes and they have invested a lot of money into the facilities. 

‘Our training ground is worth £80m and it’s as good as anything in European football – it’s the best in America.

‘Ultimately they liked me, they employed me and we’ve got off to a good start.’

The former Class of '92 pair are also part owners of fourth-tier Salford City in England

The former Class of ’92 pair are also part owners of fourth-tier Salford City in England

However, he claims their relationship was not why he was appointed as the MLS manager

However, he claims their relationship was not why he was appointed as the MLS manager

He claims he has 'got off to a good start' after securing his first win over Philadelphia Union

He claims he has ‘got off to a good start’ after securing his first win over Philadelphia Union 

Beckham – who was given ownership of a future MLS team at a discounted rate as part of his transfer to the LA Galaxy in 2007 – has also hit out at claims he hired Neville due to their friendship. 

He said during a press conference: ‘Of course, people are always going to turn around and say, oh, it’s because he’s your friend. It’s nothing to do with him being my friend.

‘Our ownership group don’t just employ our friends. We employ the best people, whether it’s on the field, off the field, in our backroom staff, the staff that we have work in our training facility, at the stadium.

‘We are running a serious soccer club here. And I think at the end of the day, we hire people that we feel are best suited for the job.’ 

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Phil Neville accepts offer on his six-bed £5.25m Cheshire mansion

Manchester United legend Phil Neville has accepted an offer on his plush £5.25million Cheshire mansion.

The former England international put the six-bedroom pad in Hale – complete with swimming pool, gym, cinema, underground car park and steel-line panic room – on the market in late February.

He decided to sell up after bagging the manager’s job at former teammate David Beckham’s Inter Miami and has already accepted an offer on the huge house.

The property in the swanky village is already listed as ‘sold subject to terms and conditions’ on Rightmove. 

Manchester United legend Phil Neville has accepted an offer on his luxurious £5.25million six-bedroom mansion (exterior pictured) in Hale, Cheshire

The former England international put the pad on the market in late February but it is already listed as 'sold subject to terms and conditions' on Rightmove (living room pictured)

The former England international put the pad on the market in late February but it is already listed as ‘sold subject to terms and conditions’ on Rightmove (living room pictured)

Former footballer Neville, 44, has also enjoyed the use of a pool, cinema and games room (pictured) complete with a table tennis and pool table

Former footballer Neville, 44, has also enjoyed the use of a pool, cinema and games room (pictured) complete with a table tennis and pool table

The 10,000 square foot family home – which Neville has shared with wife Julie and their two children – is set over four floors.

It also boasts six bathrooms to match the bedrooms as well as six separate shower lounges.

Neville, 44, has also enjoyed the use of a pool, cinema and games room complete with a table tennis and pool table.

The Class of 92 star has covered the wall with famous football shirts of teammates such as brother Gary, 46, and Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.

Neville (pictured in Florida during a match against the LA Galaxy) decided to sell up after bagging the manager's job at former teammate David Beckham's Inter Miami

Neville (pictured in Florida during a match against the LA Galaxy) decided to sell up after bagging the manager’s job at former teammate David Beckham’s Inter Miami 

The 10,000 square foot family home - which Neville has shared with wife Julie and their two children - is set over four floors (cinema pictured)

The 10,000 square foot family home – which Neville has shared with wife Julie and their two children – is set over four floors (cinema pictured)

The six-bedroom pad in Hale is complete with an indoor swimming pool (pictured), gym, cinema, underground car park and steel-line panic room

The six-bedroom pad in Hale is complete with an indoor swimming pool (pictured), gym, cinema, underground car park and steel-line panic room

Neville and wife Julie - who were childhood sweethearts - completed a refurbishment last year, to bring the swish pad up to date (kitchen pictured)

Neville and wife Julie – who were childhood sweethearts – completed a refurbishment last year, to bring the swish pad up to date (kitchen pictured)

The almost half acre landscaped gardens are complete with football nets.

Neville and wife Julie – who were childhood sweethearts – completed a refurbishment last year, to bring the swish pad up to date.

It has a state-of-the-art CCTV system, along with motion detectors and tannoy equipment to ward off intruders.

The former Lionesses manager has also installed an underfloor heating and cooling system, and the driveway has an electric charging port. 

Class of 92 star Neville previously tried to sell the property for £4.5m in 2015 when he moved to Valencia as assistant to his brother Gary (atrium pictured)

Class of 92 star Neville previously tried to sell the property for £4.5m in 2015 when he moved to Valencia as assistant to his brother Gary (atrium pictured)

Neville and wife Julie completed a refurbishment last year to bring the swish six-bedroom family home up to date (dining room pictured)

Neville and wife Julie completed a refurbishment last year to bring the swish six-bedroom family home up to date (dining room pictured)

Estate agent Gascoigne Halman says the house ‘is an individual, architecturally designed detached family home which is arranged over four floors and is the ultimate lifestyle statement’. 

It adds: ‘It combines luxurious, contemporary fittings and a unique internal character with a superb opportunity to reside in one of the most sought-after locations in Hale.’

Class of 92 star Neville previously tried to sell the property for £4.5m in 2015 when he moved to Valencia as assistant to his brother Gary.

But it failed to sell and Phil and his family moved back into the property when they returned to the UK. 

The house in Hale - complete with swimming pool, gym (pictured) cinema, underground car park and steel-line panic room - on the market in late February

The house in Hale – complete with swimming pool, gym (pictured) cinema, underground car park and steel-line panic room – on the market in late February

The former Lionesses manager has also installed an underfloor heating and cooling system (one of the six bedrooms pictured)

The former Lionesses manager has also installed an underfloor heating and cooling system (one of the six bedrooms pictured)

The property also boasts six bathrooms to match the bedrooms as well as six separate shower lounges (monochrome showroom pictured)

The property also boasts six bathrooms to match the bedrooms as well as six separate shower lounges (monochrome showroom pictured)

The Premier League legend is also trying to flog his Manchester city centre penthouse after his US move and has had to slash £750,000 off the price. 

Neville has had the three-storey apartment in flash Beetham Tower on the market for much of the last decade.

However after snapping up the Inter Miami role, he cut the asking price by more than 20 per cent.

The four-bedroom flat offers panoramic views of the city and was put on the market for £3.5million in July. 

It has a state-of-the-art CCTV system, along with motion detectors and tannoy equipment to ward off intruders (back garden pictured)

It has a state-of-the-art CCTV system, along with motion detectors and tannoy equipment to ward off intruders (back garden pictured)

Estate agent Gascoigne Halman says the house 'is an individual, architecturally designed detached family home which is arranged over four floors and is the ultimate lifestyle statement' (dressing room pictured)

Estate agent Gascoigne Halman says the house ‘is an individual, architecturally designed detached family home which is arranged over four floors and is the ultimate lifestyle statement’ (dressing room pictured)

The Manchester United legend has already accepted an offer on his plush £5.25million Cheshire mansion which boasts six bathrooms (pictured)

The Manchester United legend has already accepted an offer on his plush £5.25million Cheshire mansion which boasts six bathrooms (pictured)

The 10,000 square foot family home - which Neville has shared with wife Julie and their two children - is set over four floors (one of the six bedrooms pictured)

The 10,000 square foot family home – which Neville has shared with wife Julie and their two children – is set over four floors (one of the six bedrooms pictured)

The former Everton star has now slashed the asking price by £750,000 – making it £2.75 million. 

Neville was appointed Inter Miami boss in January after managing the England women’s national team for three years.

He made 386 for Manchester United and 303 appearances for Everton in a stellar career.

Neville won the Premier League six times, the FA Cup three times and the Champions League once.