Phil Neville accepts he is under increasing pressure amid terrible form for Inter Miami, but insists he feels the full support of the owners of the MLS club.
Inter were beaten 5-0 by New England Revolution on Wednesday to make it six straight, scoring just one goal and conceding 13 in that losing streak.
The Herons finished 10th in the Eastern Conference in their first campaign under Diego Alonso last time around, but they have the worst record of 27 MLS teams in 2021.
Former Manchester United defender Neville was named Alonso’s successor in January and has won two, drawn two and lost eight of his first 12 league games.
In the wake of his side’s latest loss, Neville says he doesn’t need the club’s owners – including former United teammate David Beckham – to tell him that improvement is needed.
“I feel their full support – I always have,” he said of the Miami donors. “They don’t need to tell me about their concerns because I have the same concerns.
“I’ve been in football for quite a long time and I know the consequences – that’s not a problem for me. We’re doing everything in our power, we just need better performances on the pitch.
“I have a great responsibility and I am responsible for everything I do. We are on a race right now that is putting me under pressure.”
Miami has former Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain and World Cup-winning midfielder Blaise Matuidi in its ranks, but they were down 4-0 before halftime against the Revs.
That performance and score against the conference leaders left Neville wondering if his players had done enough for the team.
“I didn’t expect it. The players have to take a long and serious look at each other, and so do I. We win and we lose together,” he said.
“At the end of the day, it’s my job to make this team better, and right now they’re not. It’s on my shoulders.
“When we suffer a disappointment, we have to make sure we can recover. That’s the goal of football – to have courage, to be brave, not to let your teammates down.
“We’re not doing it and that’s something we haven’t done in the last six games. It’s something we need to rectify as soon as possible.
“Did they have better players than us? On paper, no, but it’s a team and that’s what we need to become.
“That’s all I ask – a team that will fight for each other, look in the locker room and trust each other.
“That’s what I asked them to do – look at themselves in the mirror and ask, ‘What are you doing for the team?’ Nothing will deter me from trying to be successful at this football club. “
Neville guided the women of England to their first SheBelieves Cup triumph in 2019 and fourth place in the World Cup that year, but the results between that date and her departure had been poor.
Reflecting on a record-breaking club loss for Inter, who are also on a record-breaking club losing streak, Neville added: “This is the lowest in terms of feelings after a loss that I have had since I arrived at this football club – and we had a few disappointments.
“You can lose matches in football, but the way we lost [against the Revs] was … we have said the word unacceptable in the past – it’s worse than that.
“It’s about playing for your pride, for the badge, for your supporters – I can only apologize to them for what they saw. It’s for them I feel, more than I do. – even or the players, because they deserve better. “
Inter Miami return to action on Sunday with a home game against Philadelphia Union, before ending July with a visit from Montreal.