Alex Scott questions FA decision over Phil Neville’s England Women’s exit

Alex Scott believes The FA should have parted company with Phil Neville now instead of next year.

Neville retained the FA's backing despite England losing seven of their last 11 matches in all competitions, but the former Manchester United and Everton player will not be extending his contract beyond 2021.

His deal was set to take in the Women's European Championship, but UEFA's confirmation of the tournament being delay until 2022 due to the coronavirus crisis means he will no longer be in the hotseat for it.

Ex-USA head coach Jill Ellis – who lifted back to back World Cups in 2015 and 2019 – is among the candidates tipped to succeed him.

But Scott is struggling to understand why Neville will stay for the next 15 months.

The ex-Lionesses defender said: “It's a strange decision not to part ways with Neville immediately.

“You have a manager who you know isn't going to lead you into a tournament and is effectively just in charge for friendlies. Does that come down to contracts and money?”

Speaking to the BBC, she added: “You need a manager who comes in now, watches WSL games and starts to build instead of waiting 14 months. That's lost time in my opinion.

“We want England to be in the best position to go into the European Championship in 2022 and win it on home soil. It is a great opportunity for a new manager to come in and build.”

Lianne Sanderson believes Neville lost his job because he’d taken the England women’s team backwards.

The 50-cap forward said: "He hasn't taken the team forward and that's the honest truth. The girls don't look like they are playing for him. It just looks like there's something missing.”

Neville, 43, was appointed in January 2018 on a contract until the summer of 2021.

The former Manchester United and Everton defender led the Lionesses to a first SheBelieves Cup success and a fourth-place finish at the World Cup in 2019.

But since last year's quarter-final win over Norway, they have lost seven of 11 games and failed to retain their SheBelieves Cup title in March.

Neville was set to lead Team GB into this summer's Olympic Games, before taking control of the Lionesses at the Women's Euros on home soil in 2021.

But both events have been delayed by a year because of the coronavirus crisis.

Sanderson told talksport: “When Phil got the job I was a big advocate for him with him being ex-United and me being a United fan.


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