Phil Neville Ready To Quit Coaching England’s Women Team.
Phil Neville will stand down from his role as England Women head coach by next summer.
Neville’s future is set to be announced once the dates for the delayed Women’s European Championships are decided. The tournament is taking place in 2022 instead of next year and the schedule is due to be decided by UEFA on Thursday.
Phil Neville would stay on as head coach until the end of his contract, which is due to expire in the summer of 2021 after the now-delayed Euros, unless a natural appointment of a successor is ready beforehand.
Asked if Phil Neville could still lead England into next year’s Olympics, Gary said: “Phil’s the type of person that he will do whatever he’s asked to do within his contract. He’ll adapt.
“The issue will be beyond his contract, where tournaments occur that he’s not in control of. Is any international football going to happen in the next six, eight months? The virus will decide what happens.”
Chelsea Women head coach Emma Hayes told The Football Show that Phil Neville had taken the women’s game to “a whole new level”.
“It’s reached the heights and broadcast figures we could only have dreamed of,” she said. “We have to thank Phil for raising the standards in the women’s game.
“It’s exciting that there will be an Olympics, followed by a home Euros, followed by a World Cup so the future is looking bright. Hopefully post coronavirus, we’re able to come through without too much damage being done and we can pick up where we left off.
“There is more parity than ever and that includes the level of expectation. But Phil’s ae’s always had the best of the women’s game at heart. He’s always wanted to raise the interest of the sport.”
Asked if she would consider the England job, Hayes said: “I still have half a season to go and a full season next season to contemplate, where hopefully we’ll qualify for Europe.
“It’s been no secret that I have really big ambitions to win the Champions League and I think we have built a team that is capable of that; we have a few more pieces to add to finish the side off.
“I love the day-to-day coaching. I’ve loved every minute working at Chelsea and I look forward to building on the work I’ve done so far.
“Of course it’s an honour to be linked with the national team job. As an older person I’m probably more considered for entering into international football at some stage but right now, I’m extremely happy at Chelsea.”