• Dan Tracey


Phil Neville

While although it has been rumoured for some time, it has now been made official and with Phil Neville set to swap the theatre of international football for the MLS, it means the F.A. must now find an interim coach for their Women’s team.

The decision from Neville to walk away from the England job, is one that sees his tenure end earlier than the previously agreed date for his departure and with the Olympics set to take place this summer, the Great Britain team are currently without a man or woman to lead them.

That’s because the former Manchester United and Everton defender was the favourite and most importantly, the logical choice to lead the squad and his decision to step down from his role as England manager, will have a knock-on effect for the existing British Olympics plans.

Of course, this does not affect England’s plans in the relative long-term, as Sarina Wiegman has already been named as the next person to take the reins once Neville’s tenure was set to come to an end after Tokyo 2021.

However, Wiegman herself is unavailable to play any part in an Olympic medal bid and it is this perhaps awkward timing in terms of Neville’s decision, which has left the F.A. scratching about for a suitable short-term replacement.

While although the F.A. do have some time on their side, they will want to find an interim successor sooner rather than later and soon the now previous England manager, should make his next move a lot clearer.

Because the reason for his prompter departure, is heavily rumoured to be a linkup with former teammate David Beckham and in doing so, he would replace Diego Alonso as head coach of MLS outfit Inter Miami.

Alonso led the Florida based franchise to 10th in the Eastern Conference in 2020 and although this would be their first competitive season, expectations were obviously high within Miami’s rich investor camp.

To the point, where failure to reach the play-offs meant that Alonso’s managerial tenure was a relatively short one and with a vacancy now needing to be filled, there is perhaps a sense of jobs for the boys at play.

Because with David Beckham and Phil Neville also owning a shareholding in English League Two outfit Salford City, the decision to potentially appoint someone so close to home is not without its own potential pitfalls.

One only needs to look at the man who has the biggest shareholding in Salford City and one of his previous decisions, to see just how dangerous appointing a business colleague can be for the fortunes of a football club.

The man in question is Peter Lim and the fateful decision, was to appoint Phil’s brother Gary as manager of Valencia. An appointment that saw the legendary Sky Sports pundit last less than four whole months at the Mestalla.

Therefore, if Phil Neville is to link up with a former teammate and current business partner, he is almost being set up to fail and when you consider that he doesn’t perhaps possess the most glittering of management C. V’s, his potential stateside stay may not be all that lengthy either.

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