Phil Neville. Picture: [email protected] FA
Phil Neville will depart his position as England ladies’s supervisor when his contract expires subsequent yr, the Soccer Affiliation confirmed on Friday.
The previous Manchester United and England defender’s deal would have seen him take cost of the Lionesses’ European championship marketing campaign on dwelling soil subsequent yr.
Nevertheless, the reorganisation of the soccer calendar because of coronavirus means UEFA has now moved the ladies’s Euros to 2022.
“Following UEFA’s decision to postpone the UEFA Women’s EURO to 2022, Phil Neville has confirmed he is committed to honouring the full term of his contract with The FA, which will see him leave the role in July 2021,” the FA mentioned in an announcement.
Neville can be now unlikely to take cost of the Nice Britain group at subsequent yr’s Olympics, with the FA eager for his successor to get event expertise earlier than the Euros.
“In the best interests of the England Women’s team, both parties were in agreement that our shared priority was to ensure the Lionesses have continuity of coaching going into the home EURO and looking towards the 2023 FIFA World Cup,” mentioned the FA’s director of girls’s soccer Sue Campbell.
“We will now discuss next steps with the British Olympic Association and the home nations with regard to Team GB Football and we are not in a position to make any further comment at this time.”
After taking cost in January 2018, Neville shortly made a big effect as England received the high-profile SheBelieves Cup for the primary time and pushed world champions the USA all the way in which earlier than shedding a pulsating World Cup semi-final 2-1 final yr.
Nevertheless, England’s type has unravelled since, with a run of seven defeats in 11 video games leaving even Neville himself questioning whether or not he was the correct man to take them ahead.
“As a result of the changes to the proposed tournament scheduling we will now be working to plan for a revised match calendar once it is safe and appropriate to do so,” mentioned Neville.
“I’m wanting ahead to getting again to work with the group as quickly as attainable. We now have a implausible squad of gamers and there may be lots to work on as we glance to progress as a group going into 2021.