England Women’s Coach Phil Neville to Leave in 2021

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The Football Association has confirmed that Phil Neville will leave his position as head coach after his contract expires in July 2021.

Manchester United’s former defender was previously set to be in charge of the UEFA Women’s Euros host by England. But the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the dates, rescheduling the Euros to 2022.

On April 24th Sue Campbell, the FA’s director of women’s football released a statement regarding Neville’s departure:

“In light of the impact of current global events on the sporting calendar and 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.”

“Once football returns after this difficult period, Phil will continue his work with the Lionesses on the further development of his squad.”

“I will support him fully with that important task whilst moving forward with the crucial succession planning process.”

“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.”

Neville was also supposed to participate in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. It is currently unknown who will take his place. 

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