Phil Neville quits women’s work in England with immediate effect
Phil Neville has stepped down as England’s women’s manager with immediate effect, confirming that he will not be in charge of the UK squad at the delayed Tokyo Olympics. He is expected to be named head coach of the MLS Inter Miami franchise soon.
It was last April when Neville initially announced his decision to step down as boss of the Lionesses at the end of his contract which was to last until the summer of 2021. But he was to remain in charge in the meantime, with Alternate Sarina Wiegman. his own contract as boss of the Netherlands.
Instead, Neville will leave to take the new position at Inter Miami and the FA will appoint an interim England coach to keep the fort going until Wiegman takes over after the Olympics.
Neville had never worked in women’s football before, but in 2019 he guided England to victory in the SheBelieves Cup and later in the World Cup semi-finals. Still, the Lionesses struggled as a result of the tournament and ended 2019 breaking out of the top five in the FIFA world rankings for the first time since before the 2015 World Cup.
Neville’s initial announcement regarding his resignation was influenced by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the international calendar, resulting in the postponement of the next European Championship, to be held in England, until the summer 2022.
“It has been an honor to manage England and I have had three of the best years of my career with the FA and the Lionesses,” said Neville.
“The players who wear the England jersey are some of the most talented and dedicated athletes that I have had the privilege to work with. They challenged me and improved me as a coach, and I’m so grateful to them for the fantastic memories we shared.
“I want to thank the FA for the tremendous support they have given me, in particular Sue Campbell and my talented support staff whose energy, commitment and enthusiasm have been essential in helping us make the progress we have. I wish England Women every success in the future and look forward to following their journey in the years to come.
FA Women’s Football Director Baroness Sue Campbell said: “I want to pay tribute to Phil for his significant contribution during his three years with the FA. In particular, the commitment, dedication and respect he has shown for this position has been evident, and I will personally regret our many conversations about how we can improve and grow.
“After stabilizing the ship at a difficult time, he helped us win the SheBelieves Cup for the first time, reach the World Cup semi-finals and qualify for the Olympics. Considering his status as a former Manchester United and England player, he has done a lot to raise the profile of our team. He has used his platform to defend women’s football, has worked tirelessly to support our efforts to promote more female coaches and has used his expertise to develop many of our young players.
“Given the continued positive dialogue we have had with Phil, we will be able to provide an update on an acting appointment soon, as well as provide an additional update on the coaching situation regarding Team GB.
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