Phil Neville steps down as England Women boss ahead of the Tokyo Olympics

Phil Neville in the stands watching Chelsea vs Reading FC Women.
Phil Neville. Photo: Neil Graham /

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The FA have confirmed on Monday morning, the departure of current England Women’s manager, Phil Neville, having first been appointed in January 2018.

Neville’s time in charge of the Lionesses has been a divisive tenure, as the former Manchester United player had no previous experience managing or coaching in the women’s game. Neville guided England Women to win the SheBelieves Cup in 2019, and finished in fourth place in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

The statement read: “The Football Association (FA) has confirmed Phil Neville has left his role as England Women boss ahead of his expected move to take charge at Inter Miami. The 43-year-old had been due to leave his England role in July, with Netherlands Women head coach Sarina Wiegman due to remain in her current post for this summer’s rearranged Olympic Games in Tokyo, before taking over England in September 2021. England will now name an interim head coach to lead the Lionesses until Wiegman’s appointment, with a recruitment process already underway following the departure of Neville’s assistant Rehanne Skinner in November.”

Fara Williams. Photo: Neil Graham /

While there are no Reading players currently in the England squad, Fara Williams remains the most-capped player for the side. As well as a number of the Royals academy graduates, who have made the step up to the first team this season, featuring in the youth squads, including Kiera Skeels and Emma Harries.

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