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England women’s team boss Phil Neville has been contacted regarding the managerial position at Inter Miami, the club owned by his former Manchester United teammate and Class 92 teammate David Beckham.
If Neville were to take over for the MLS team, he would likely step down from taking over for the GB team at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
The former Manchester United player was set to lead Team GB at the 2020 Olympics and England at Euro 2021 the following summer, but these plans were delayed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Neville has since announced that he will step down as Lioness boss at the end of his contract in 2021, but maintained that he was still eager to lead Team GB in Tokyo.
The FA was expected to announce the 43-year-old as coach of the GB team in January, however the Press Association has reported (via BBC Sport) that preliminary talks have taken place between Miami and Neville, which puts a key in the works regarding the plans for the Olympics.
Neville’s absence could prove positive for Team GB. He has enjoyed mixed success in charge of the Lionesses, guiding them to success in the SheBelieves Cup and World Cup semi-finals in 2019, before results and performances came after France.
Neville has made England’s hot seat a much more attractive job during his tenure, and for that he deserves great recognition. In fact, he was handed the job by proxy, so undesirable was the role given the handling of Mark Sampson’s firing.
In two and a half years, England have been able to attract one of the best female football coaches in Sarina Wiegman, convincing her to leave their enormously talented Dutch team. Such a statement quote would have been unimaginable in 2018.
Neville made England play the best football of his tenure at the World Cup, when he had weeks with his team instead of short, sharp and intense camps. He is likely to prefer the day-to-day contact with club leadership that Inter Miami would offer about the sporadic nature of international football, largely because during part of his tenure, particularly after the World Cup, England did not seem like a team.
The game was disjointed, incoherent, even frustrating at times, and the team largely failed to master their game early on on defense. At the 2020 SheBelieves Cup, England scored just one goal in three games.
Therefore, the role of coach of team GB may not be the most suitable for Neville as he would have a very short time to work with his new team, and would involve joining a team of players from England, Wales, Scotland and the United Kingdom. . Republic of Ireland. If you struggled when you were given a lack of contact time with the Lionesses, then Team GB would be another world of trouble.
Picking a squad of 18 of only English players is an unenviable task in and of itself, but add the likes of Kim Little, Caroline Weir, Erin Cuthbert, Lisa Evans, Sophie Ingle, and Jess Fishlock and it’s an absolute carnage. The Team GB coach will have a few weeks to transform this melting pot of British talents who have never played together into a cohesive team.
At times, Neville’s England have not seemed like they can play together. How would a squad of local nations fare?