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Inter Miami coach’s departure may pave way for Neville to take reins

Departure of Diego Alonso could open path for Phil Neville to take over at Beckham co-owned MLS club

INTER Miami announced the departure of manager Diego Alonso today, possibly paving the way for outgoing England women’s boss Phil Neville to take the reins.

Neville is understood to have held preliminary discussions with the Major League Soccer club about the position — and one obstacle was removed after it mutually agreed to part ways with Alonso.

The club is co-owned by Neville’s former Manchester United and England teammate David Beckham, who is also his fellow co-owner of League Two side Salford.

Neville is set to step down as Lionesses boss when his contract expires in July, with Holland’s Sarina Wiegman starting work as his successor from next September.

While Neville has expressed his desire to oversee a Great Britain team’s fortunes at the delayed Tokyo Olympics, those hopes are likely to end if he succeeds Alonso.

Under the Uruguayan former pro striker, the club finished 10th in the Eastern Conference in their maiden MLS season last year and was eliminated from the MLS Cup play-offs in the preliminary round.

“We have great expectations for Inter Miami in the short and long term,” managing owner Jorge Mas said.

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