Despite having no previous experience as a permanent first-team football manager, Phil Neville looks set to take charge of the England women’s team.
Widespread reports on Friday suggested Neville was in discussions over the role and an official announcement is now expected shortly.
To our knowledge, Neville has never previously been involved in the women’s game at any level.
I’m told Phil Neville has been offered and accepted the @England Women’s team manager’s job. @FA announcement imminent. Can the inexperienced @fizzer18 take England ‘to the next level?’ Hope so; but doubt it
— Tony Leighton (@Tony_Leighton) January 12, 2018
His only prior full-time coaching appointments have come in disastrous spells as an assistant at Manchester United and Valencia under David Moyes and Gary Neville, respectively.
The former Manchester United and Everton full-back represented England’s men’s team on 59 occasions and his brother, Gary, is currently part of the coaching set-up.
It’s also worth noting that Gary and Phil’s sister, Tracey Neville, is the head coach of the England women’s netball team.
The FA have struggled to find a replacement for Mark Sampson, who was sacked as the manager of England Women in September following a series of accusations of inappropriate and racist behaviour across various jobs.
But they appear to have settled on Phil Neville as the best candidate. Why exactly that is is anyone’s guess.