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David Beckham’s Inter Miami in a hole of struggles; Phil Neville the expected rescuer

When David Beckham retired in 2013, he had the option of purchasing any MLS franchise for USD 25 million. The topic of where he would go was swiftly broached. Beckham chose Miami as his destination. With the city’s deep-rooted enthusiasm for football in mind, he made his decision. People there enjoy living the high life, and Beckham, as a well-known figure who is well-suited to the opulent surroundings, fits in perfectly.

However, he hasn’t yet been successful to devise the winning combination. Beckham would become increasingly irritated as his team spun through the gears and became victims of their own disorder. His players appeared off-colour, out of sync, and as if they were all total strangers forced together, as they were deeply affected by the pandemic.

Inter Miami emphasizes importance of erasing mistakes after loss to Union |  SBI Soccer
Inter Miami have just 2 wins in first 8 games (via SBI Soccer)

Inter Miami have won just two of their first eight games in the Eastern Conference this season. They sit in 11th, just three spots on the bottom of the table. At the weekend, DC United beat them 2-0 in front of a 16,000-seater at the DRV PNK Stadium. Phil Neville’s side are currently without a win in their last four matches.

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Inter Miami fans have been waiting for nearly six years to see their players play for the first time. In its inaugural season, the expansion squad finished 10th in the league. The Miami team has yet to win a game in front of a full house of 18,000 fans.

Inter Miami fired head coach Diego Alonso in January after they were eliminated from the play-offs. After that, Gary Neville was hired as his successor. With Neville’s arrival, the show’s style of play has shifted, with a rapid transition to a possession-based system. Both Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi have had rough starts in Major League Soccer.

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Phil Neville was recruited as Inter Miami coach (via The Mirror)

Inter Miami was fined 1.4 million pounds for financial violations. The harsh penalty was imposed as a result of the MLS’ investigation into the midfielder’s signing. The club’s co-owners, including Beckham, were ruled out for any misconduct, while managing owner Jorge Mas was penalized 176,000 to pay pounds.

MLS has fined Inter Miami for violating roster regulations. Matuidi was signed by Miami for targeted allocation funds from Juventus. The 34-year-old, on the other hand, should have been registered as a designated player. Miami’s funding for 2022 and 2023 has been reduced by over two million dollars.

Apart from this, his decision to recruit Phil Neville as the coach was also scrutinized, since they have been friends for a long period. However, Beckham explained that Neville’s hiring has nothing to do with their friendship, but is only related to the fact that Phil Neville is the right guy for the job. However, their recent performances and results do not match their potential, leaving Beckham with a lot of work to do. Despite having played in the Champions League and fought for titles throughout his career, this could be his biggest test yet.

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