David Beckham maintained that the appointment of Phil Neville as Inter Miami’s manager has ‘nothing’ to do with the couple’s relationship and is focused solely on his management skills.
Neville’s three-year stint in charge of England Women is the only full-time management role he has held throughout his career – and he cut his tenure with the Lionesses to take on the Inter Miami job in January.
Beckham owns Inter Miami and, through the Manchester United Academy, rose to the first team with Neville. The pair are both co-owners of Salford City, alongside fellow Class of ’96 members Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, and Paul Scholes.
The former England captain, however, says that when making the decision, their previous relationship was meaningless, maintaining that Neville was the best man for the role.
“I’ve known him since I was 15, 16 years old, from a young kid. As a player, I knew what he was like, I know what a human being is like, I know what his work ethic is like.
He and his brother Gary, in my entire career, I have never seen two players work as hard at their game. So to have someone like that come into this club—of course, people will always turn around and think. ‘Yeah, it’s because he’s your buddy,’—it’s nothing to do with my friend being him.
I’m the owner of a club with Jorge. Our ownership group doesn’t just employ our friends, we employ the best people whether it’s on the field, off the field, in our backroom staff. We’re running a serious soccer club. We hire people we feel are best suited for the job.”