Phil Neville Set to Leave England Managers Job
Phil Neville is stepping down as the England Women’s coach and may have managed his last match with the Lionesses. The former Manchester United legend has overseen seven defeats in eleven games and pressure was building over his future.
The Football Association are set to announce in the morning that the current boss of the Lionesses won’t be signing a new contract when his current deal expires in July next year. Neville has been considering his future for about a month and this will give the Football Association time to find a replacement for the three major competitions.
He may even have managed his last game for England with no new fixtures scheduled he could be released from his contract early, in these difficult times with Cotonavirus it could be deemed wrong for him to remain employed with no competitive fixtures on the horizon.
Neville,who won the She Believes Cup thirteen months ago, then led England to the World Cup semi-final last year in France losing 2-1 to the USA. But results since the World Cup he has attempted to rebuild his side and push them to a new level, but he has himself said England’s form is “unacceptable.”
The Covid-19 crisis has seen a major reshuffle in tournament dates with the women’s Euros in England being put back twelve months to 2022. Baroness Sue Campbell who is the head of the women’s game, is said to want continuity for the next three tournaments with the World Cup being played in 2023. Neville was due to manage the GB team at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, so a new coach is also likely with clarification to come on Thursday.
Neville, could return to the men’s game and be open to coaching opportunities in England once the season resumes, having took the England job after coaching at Everton, Manchester United and Valencia.