FA says Neville is committed to seeing out the remainder of his contract
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Phil Neville is leaving his role as England Women head coach
Phil Neville has confirmed he will leave his role as England Women head coach when his contract expires in July .
Neville was due to lead hosts England into the European Championships next year but (S) ky Sports News reported on Wednesday that he would announce he is stepping down after it was confirmed the tournament will be postponed until July .
The FA is keen to have a coach in place to be in charge of the revised Euros in and Women’s World Cup in – and Neville is to be part of a team advising on potential coaching candidates.
He will continue to coach the team when football returns following the impact of the coronavirus.
“I am looking forward to getting back to work with the team as soon as possible,” said Neville. “We have a fantastic squad of players and there is plenty to work on as we look to progress as a team going into 2023. “
The FA’s director of women’s football, Sue Campbell said:” 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. “
Neville is due to take charge of the Team GB Olympic team – and while a final decision has not been made, it is looking unlikely he will be the manager in Tokyo next year.
“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, “said Campbell.
It is thought Neville is already looking at other opportunities within the game.
Neville became Lionesses head coach in January , leading the side to the SheBelievesCup title in 11095 and a fourth-place finish at the World Cup later that summer.
But a run of seven defeats in their last games has raised question marks about his future.
Neville defended the performance of his side after suffering defeats to USA and Spain in defense of their SheBelievesCup title earlier this year.
Former England player Lianne Sanderson believes Neville has lost the support of the dressing room.
“He hasn’t taken the team forward and that’s the honest truth,” she told Sky Sports News “The girls don’t look like they are playing for him. It just looks like there’s something missing.
” If the Euros were happening (in 2022) I think he would still have been in charge but I think it needed to happen.
“Phil has been quite critical of himself, but I think there’s times when he’s not helped himself with the comments he has made.
” He’s been quite naive when it comes to working in women’s football compared to the men’s game. It’s a completely different game, even though it’s the same sport. “
“The tournament that he was going to manage has obviously been taken away from him – there was obviously a problem there.
” When I spoke to him the other day he said it is business as usual. He is going to see out his contract.
“The unfortunate thing for Phil is that he won’t have what most international managers have which is an opportunity to coach another tournament. He leaves this job and that is obviously because of this (coronavirus) crisis. “