After a rocky start as manager of the Lionesses, the team are now ranked third in the world. The ex-Manchester United star talks family, football and those controversial tweets
Phil Neville is looking back at his first match in charge of the England women’s football team with undisguised glee. “I was on the touchline, we were 4-1 up against France, who we’d only beaten once in 44 years, and I thought, ‘Nice! Don’t know much about women’s football, me!’” Neville, who has a reputation for being bland, is surprisingly combative in person. “When I got the England job, people said, ‘You don’t have much experience of management’ and I thought, ‘How stupid are you?’ I’ve been the captain of a Premier League club and I’ve coached some of the best players in the world.”
Neville’s appointment as head coach last January caused an outcry. He had never managed a team, never worked with female footballers, and hadn’t applied for the job in the first place. Yes, he may have coached at Manchester United and Valencia, but both stints were brief and inglorious.
Source: Football News
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