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Inter Miami fire coach Phil Neville

Field Level Media
02 Jun 2023, 10:19 GMT+10

Inter Miami fired head coach Phil Neville on Thursday.

The Englishman had been the club's coach since 2021, its second season in Major League Soccer. Assistant coach Javier Morales was named interim head coach.

Inter Miami have lost four straight MLS matches. During a 1-0 home loss to the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, Miami fans booed Neville and displayed a banner calling for his firing, according to the Miami Herald.

Neville, 46, made his career playing for Manchester United and Everton and spent three years coaching the England women's national team. He went 31-41-11 in his two-plus seasons heading up Miami.

"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," co-owner David Beckham said in a statement. "He and his family embraced Miami and he has devoted himself to the drive to bring success to the city and to our fans. Phil has made a real contribution to the culture of our Club with his qualities as a leader and knowledge as 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. I want to personally thank Phil for his hard work, his passion for our club and for his integrity as a person."

Neville had received a one-year contract extension last November to take his deal through the 2023 season.

"I would like to thank the Inter Miami CF ownership group for their trust and making me a part of this project; the players and staff for their impressive commitment, dedication and hard work; and the fans for their unwavering support for the Club since Day 1," Neville said in a statement. "I'm grateful to have played a part in the growth of this Club and wish Inter Miami CF all the best in the future."

The team also parted ways with assistant coach Jason Kreis.

Inter Miami's next game comes Saturday at home against D.C. United.

--Field Level Media

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