Phil Neville confirms he'll le...


Phil Neville confirms he'll leave England role next year

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

10:38 24 Apr 2020

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Phil Neville has confirmed he will leave his role as England women's manager in July 2021 when his contract expires.

The former Manchester United defender was set to take charge of the Great Britain team for the Olympics this summer but the Tokyo Games have been pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Neville was also in line to be in charge for the 2021 European Championships on home soil but that tournament has also been postponed and will now take place in 2022.

Neville said: "As a result of the changes to the proposed tournament scheduling, we'll now be working to plan for a revised match calendar once it's safe and appropriate to do so.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to work with the team as soon as possible. We have a fantastic squad of players and there is plenty to work on as we look to progress as a team going into 2021."

The English Football Association said it wanted the same coach to lead the team at the Euros and the 2023 World Cup.

FA Director of women’s football Sue Campbell said: "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 while moving forward with the crucial succession planning process.

"We'll now discuss next steps with the British Olympic Association and the home nations with regard to Team GB Football and we're not in a position to make any further comment at this time."

Neville won the SheBelieves Cup in 2019 and finished fourth with England at the World Cup in France but since the quarter final win over Norway last summer, the Lionesses have lost seven of their 11 games.

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