Phil Neville

Phil Neville signs new Inter Miami contract ahead of 2023 season after guiding Herons to MLS playoffs

Inter Miami’s head coach Phil Neville has extended his contract with the organization, the team announced on Monday.

Neville extends his agreement
was due to run out at the end of the year.

Miami anticipates a potentially hectic offseason.

WHAT OCCURED? In the 2022 season, which included 18 new players, Neville assisted in guiding Inter Miami to the playoffs. He was initially hired in 2021 after serving as an assistant with Valencia and the England U-21 men’s squad, as well as time with the England women’s national team.

Phil Neville

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Neville’s return will provide the team some stability as they enter what may be a busy offseason. The team may have three open Designated Player positions and will be searching for a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain, who has since retired.

WHAT THEY SAID: “Staying at Inter Miami is a huge honor, “Neville remarked. “I’ve always had a long-term perspective and believed that I wanted to stay at this Club for a very long time. Despite the fact that I believe we are still in the early stages of our Club’s development and that we have achieved significant progress over the past two years, the road is far from over. We were sixth in the league in 2022 and made the playoffs. However, that is growth rather than success. One anticipates success.

THE VERDICT: Although Neville’s contract was due to expire at the end of the year, it always looked likely that the team would re-sign him following a successful 2022. Miami failed to follow roster regulations in 2020, which led to financial limits being placed on Neville and the team; despite this, Miami made it into the playoffs before falling to NYCFC. However, Gonzalo Higuain’s revival after being benched at one point in the season, when he later found his form and ended his career with a raging run through MLS, may be Neville’s greatest accomplishment.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MIAMI? The team might have three DP spaces going into the offseason, which would give them the opportunity to recruit some top players. Lionel Messi has been mentioned, and recent reports indicate that the Argentine star is amenable to the idea.