Ex-Inter Miami coach Phil Neville has been appointed as the fresh head coach of the Portland Timbers on Monday, aiming to guide the team back to the upper echelons of Major League Soccer.
The 46-year-old, formerly a player for Manchester United and England, takes over from Gio Savarese, who was dismissed by the club in August following a six-season tenure.
Neville was removed from his role at Miami in June when the team was struggling at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, just before Lionel Messi joined the club.
"I am massively excited about the challenge ahead, and from the very first moment I met the staff I knew it was the right opportunity for me, the right club for me and the right city for me," Neville said in a statement.
Timbers general manager Ned Grabavoy said Neville was the "right person to lead this team forward."
"His leadership qualities, diverse experience as a coach, and ambition to evolve made him a terrific fit here with us in Portland," Grabavoy said.
After spending the majority of his 19-year playing career with Manchester United and Everton, Neville transitioned into coaching.
In 2019, he guided England's women to the World Cup semifinals, where they were defeated by the eventual champions, the United States.
More recently, he has been involved in the coaching staff of the Canadian men's national team, serving as an assistant coach.