Former Manchester United player and coach Phil Neville is close to being appointed manager of the England Women’s national team, as per reports on Saturday.
Neville, who served in the backroom teams of David Moyes’ and brother Gary’s ill-fated spells at Old Trafford and Valencia respectively, was set for talks with the FA on Friday – and sourceshave since placed him as the frontrunner for the role.
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The 40-year-old has also worked with the England U21 men’s side, but has never managed a team in either the men’s or women’s game. The FA have said that no decision has yet been taken regarding the new manager, but Neville is thought to be close to being given the job.
English football’s governing body have been having a hard time finding a new Women’s manager. Previous incumbent Mark Sampson was sacked in September under a cloud after allegations came to light regarding bullying and racist abuse towards England international Eniola Aluko, as well as further allegations regarding his conduct while he was the manager of Bristol Academy.
Mo Marley has been in temporary charge of the Lionesses since then but the FA appear to be under the impression that Neville is the better choice to lead the national team forward. It remains to be seen how the potential appointment would go down with the national side’s fans, many of whom would like to see Marley, or indeed another female coach who also has the necessary badges, be given the job.