What to make of the decision to hire Phil Neville as the new England women's head coach

Ryan Giggs ventured into the managerial arena with Wales last week, Steven Gerrard is the Liverpool U18s boss, Frank Lampard is the scorching hot favourite for the Oxford United job, and now Phil Neville has been appointed the new England women’s head coach.

Neville, whose contract runs through to 2021, takes over from interim boss Mo Marley who had overseen the first team following Mark Sampson’s sacking back in September.

It’s fair to say that reaction to the news has been mixed - here’s all you need to know about the surprise appointment.

Why Phil Neville?

It’s undoubtedly a high-profile appointment for the women’s game, given Neville’s achievements as a player. During his career the 41-year-old won 14 trophies with Man Utd, including six Premier League titles, while he bagged 59 caps for England.

In terms of managerial experience Neville may only have one sole game in charge of Salford on his CV - the club he co-owns - but he has worked as an assistant at Man Utd, Valencia, and the England U21 team, while his coaching credentials have been widely praised.

Meanwhile, his “enthusiasm, passion, and desire for the role,” is what impressed the Football Association's director of women's football, Baroness Sue Campbell.

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