Former Manchester United player, Phil Neville has stepped down as England women’s football team manager with immediate effect.
The English Football Association (FA) confirmed his departure on Monday January 18.
“His decision to leave now means the FA will shortly confirm the name of an interim head coach to lead the Lionesses in February with Sarina Wiegman assuming the full-time role following the Olympic Games in August,” read a statement on Monday.
“A recruitment process had already been under way with assistant coach Rehanne Skinner’s departure to join Tottenham Hotspur last November.”
“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,” added Neville.
“The players who wear the England shirt are some of the most talented and dedicated athletes I have ever had the privilege to work with. They have challenged me and improved me as a coach, and I am very grateful to them for the fantastic memories we have shared.
“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.”
Phil Neville took the job in January 2018 on a contract until the summer of 2021, but decided to step down ahead of his impending appointment by Inter Miami.
Under his watch, the team won a maiden SheBelieves Cup in March 2019, before finishing fourth at the 2019 World Cup in France. He also helped ensure Great Britain qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021.
The announcement comes days after Inter Miami, the US club part-owned by Neville’s former England team-mate David Beckham, parted company with manager Diego Alonso earlier this month, having already held preliminary discussions with Neville.