Phil Neville has stepped down as the head coach of England Women’s national team.
Phil Neville, who joined the “Lionesses” in January 2018, enjoyed quite a lot of success in his three years in charge, taking them to a fourth-place finish in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The FA’s director of women’s football, Baroness Sue Campbell, released a statement on Monday saying:
“I want to pay tribute to Phil for his significant contribution during his three years with The FA.
“In particular, the commitment, dedication and respect he has shown the position has been clear to see, and I will personally miss our many conversations about ways we can improve and progress.”
“We will be in a position to provide an update soon on an interim appointment, as well as provide a further update on the coaching situation regarding Team GB.
The Manchester United legend who has had stints as a coach in various places including Valencia and Manchester United had already signaled his intention to leave the job last April as he sought a new challenge.
Reports suggest that Phil Neville is on his way to manage Inter Miami who are co-owned by his former teammate David Beckham. Both of them also own shares at the league-two club, Salford City which they purchased in the summer of 2014.
Inter Miami had their debut season last year and finished 10th in the Eastern Conference under the leadership of Uruguayan manager, Diego Alonso. They also lost in the first round of playoffs.
The team boasts the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi in their roster and are also linked with the likes of Messi and Suarez, who have both admitted to wanting to play at MLS.
Club manager Diego Alonso is also set to leave the club in the next couple of days with an announcement regarding the appointment of Phil Neville looks eminent.
“It has been an honour to manage England and I have enjoyed three of the best years of my career with The FA and the Lionesses,” said Neville in his latest press release.
He further added :
“I’d like to thank The FA for the tremendous backing they have given me, in particular Sue Campbell and my talented support staff whose energy, commitment and enthusiasm has been crucial to helping us make the progress we have. I wish England Women every success in the future and look forward to following their journey in the years to come.”
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