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 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
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
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.’