Sports : Phil Neville insists he has full backing of David Beckham as Inter Miami’s losing run extends to six matches, with just one goal scored and 13 conceded

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Phil Neville admits he knows what the implications will be if his nightmare run at Inter Miami goes on.

The club suffered a sixth straight defeat as they were handed a 5-0 humbling by New England Revolution on Wednesday night, a result that leaves them with the worst record of all 27 MLS sides and bottom of the Eastern Conference.


Neville’s side were 4-0 down at half time

During the barren run, Inter Miami have scored just one goal and conceded 13.

Neville insists he doesn’t need the club’s owners, which includes his former England and Manchester United teammate David Beckham, to remind him the results are not good enough.

“I feel their full support – I always have done,” Neville said of Miami’s owners. “They don’t need to tell me about their concerns because I have the same concerns.

“I’ve been in football long enough and I know the consequences – that’s no problem to me. We’re doing everything in our power, we just need better performances on the field.

Neville linked up with Beckham as he was appointed Inter Miami boss but it’s not worked out so far


Neville linked up with Beckham as he was appointed Inter Miami boss but it’s not worked out so far

“I’ve got great responsibility and I’m accountable for everything that I do. We’re on a run at the moment that puts me under pressure.”

Inter Miami boast the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi in their ranks but were 4-0 down to Eastern Conference table-toppers New England at half time.

Although his side have been in bad form, Neville claimed the performance took him by surprise and called on the players to give more.

“I wasn’t expecting it. The players need to take a long, hard look at themselves, and so do I,” he added. “We win and we lose together.

Neville called on his players to play more like a team


Neville called on his players to play more like a team

“Ultimately it’s my job to make this team better, and in this moment in time they are not. That’s on my shoulders.

“When we suffer a disappointment, we need to make sure that we can recover. That’s what football’s all about – having courage, bravery, not letting your team-mates down on the field.

“We’re not doing that and it’s something we’ve not done for the last six games. It’s something we have to rectify ASAP.

“Did they have better players than us? On paper, no, but they’re a team and that’s what we must become. That’s all I’m asking for – a team that will fight for each other and look round the dressing room and trust each other.

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Can Neville turn things around at Inter Miami?


Can Neville turn things around at Inter Miami?

“That’s what I’ve asked them to do – look in the mirror and ask, ‘what are you doing for the team?’ Nothing will deter me from trying to be a success at this football club.”

Inter Miami joined America’s top flight for the 2020 season, with Neville taking the job ahead of their second campaign after three years in charge of the England Women’s team.

He has won just two league games since taking charge and offered his apologies to Inter Miami fans for the performances and results.

“It’s the lowest in terms of my feelings after a defeat that I’ve had since I came to this football club – and we’ve had some disappointments,” Neville said.

“You can lose games in football, but the manner in which we lost tonight was… we’ve said the word unacceptable in the past – it feels worse than that.

“It’s a case of playing for your pride, for the badge, for your supporters – I can only apologise to them for what they saw tonight. It’s them that I feel for, more than myself or the players, because they deserve better.”

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