Tracey Neville has told talkSPORT brother Phil was always ‘the most passionate coach’ in the family, admitting Gary ‘had no other option’ than to be a pundit!
Tracey joined talkSPORT this week to back twin brother Phil, after the former Manchester United and Everton defender was named the new manager of Major League Soccer side Inter Miami.
Neville looks set to land his first club job in AmericaGETTY
It’s Neville’s first head coach role in men’s football, following back-room stints at United and Valencia before a three-year spell as England Women’s boss.
With his appointment have come claims – including from talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan – that he’s only got the job due to his friendship with Miami co-owner David Beckham.
Becks has refuted those claims, insisting Phil is ‘the right man for the job’, earning it on merit and the MLS club have ‘full confidence’ in his old Class of 92 teammate.
Sister Tracey has also backed her brother, insisting of all the Neville kids – who boast 225 professional appearances for their country between them (Tracey achieving 81 caps for the England netball team) – Phil was always the most likely to become a top coach.
And she also couldn’t resist a little jab at Gary, who can’t seem to shake off his ill-fated spell as Valencia manager, which saw him sacked after just three months.
Neville has not managed another club since being sacked by Valencia… and it appears his sister won’t let him forget it!Getty Images – Getty
Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, Tracey Neville joked: “I don’t think Gary has got any other option than to go into the punditry business, because the coaching business is probably not going in his favour.
“It’s when he tries to advise you on coaching, and you sort of give him that cheeky look like, ‘hmm, stick to analysing other people, Gary!’
“But well done to Phillip, he’s always trying to push himself. He’s probably the most passionate coach in the family.
“You talk about passion, he wakes up every day wanting to coach, wanting to manage and wanting to push himself.
Phil Neville, welcome to #InterMiamiCF!
Former England Women’s National Team manager appointed as second head coach in Club history.https://t.co/hBHMH5Mmmj
— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) January 18, 2021
“Obviously with the success he had with the Lionesses, winning the SheBelieves Cup, taking them to Wembley and playing in such a magnificent stadium in front of the crowds they had never played in front of before, it was something that really challenged him in that role.
“Now it’s another step.
“And I’m telling you, when you go to visit one of your brothers, you’d rather go to Miami than St George’s Park!”
Gary has even admitted that his sister is right, and there’s a reason why Phil is a coach and he isn’t.
“Phil thinks about football every minute of every day. That is why he is a manager and I am not” @GNev2 speaks about Phil Neville’s passion for football management which has seen him land the Inter Miami job with David Beckham pic.twitter.com/irNAsKgID5
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 18, 2021
Beckham did admit his relationship with Phil was part of the reason behind his appointment, but only that he knows intimately how hard he works to be the best he can be.
Speaking at the Inter Miami press conference on Friday to unveil Neville, the former England captain said: “I’ve known him since I was 15, 16 years old, and I know what he’s like, what he was like as a player, what he is like as a human being, what his work ethic is like.
“Him and his brother Gary, I’ve never seen two players work as hard at their game in my whole career.
“Of course, people are always going to turn around and say ‘it’s because he’s your friend’. It’s nothing to do with him being my friend.
Beckham and Neville has known each other since they were teenagers in the Man United academygetty
“Our ownership group don’t just employ our friends, we employ the best people. We are running a serious soccer club here and I think we hire people we feel are best suited for the job.
“My loyalty to Phil has always been there, because as a player I relied on him to keep making those runs by the side of me. I never gave him the ball because I thought I was a better crosser! But I knew he would keep on making those runs because he knew that was what was best for the team.
“He will make those decisions as a coach…and as a leader. That’s why he’s in this position, nothing to do with the relationship we have, the friendship we have, the loyalty we have to each other. He’s the right man for the job.”
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