Portland Timbers fan group raise concerns over Phil Neville manager link

The former Manchester United and England defender has been tipped to fill the Portland vacancy having been sacked by Inter Miami last season. Neville, 46, managed England Women between 2018 and 2021 and he&aposs currently working as an assistant coach for the Canada men&aposs national team.

Neville apologised in 2018 when he was appointed by England Women in response to controversial, historic social media posts the ex-Premier League man made about women. Speaking then, Bury-born Neville said his comments “were not a true reflection of my character or beliefs”.

However, concerns have been raised by the Timbers Army supporters&apos club over his proposed appointment. The former United player is thought to be a frontrunner for the vacant Portland job.

A statement from the supporters&apos group read: “The Portland Timbers are currently rebuilding a team on the pitch in addition to their ongoing efforts to rebuild trust with their fans and the community.

“We are deeply disappointed that the club has reportedly settled on a finalist for the head coach who has a history of sexist public statements that run counter to our ethos as a club, city and supporters&apos group, and who also lacks a proven track record as a manager. We urge the Timbers to reconsider this hire and re-evaluate other candidates before finalising a contract.”