Phil Neville How does a man with no managerial experience come to lead England

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Phil Neville How does a man with no managerial experience come to lead England

There are two strands of thought about Phil Neville's appointment as England women's head coach.

In public relations terms, it appears to be a masterstroke.

The 41-year-old will bring new interest to the women's game and, with a playing career that yielded 59 England caps and 10 major trophies with Manchester United, will be the most high-profile England women's manager in history.

The former England full-back will offer a breath of fresh air after the stench that was left by Mark Sampson's controversial exit.

But before we get too starstruck, consider that, despite coaching experience at Manchester United and Valencia, he has only managed one game - for Salford City, the club he co-owns - and has no experience in the women's game.

A lack of managerial nous hasn't stopped brother Gary and new Wales boss Ryan Giggs scoring big jobs, yet it represents a gamble for a team that finished third at the last World Cup and has designs on winning the 2019 edition in France.

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Posted By: bbc.com

Date Posted: Tue, 23 Jan 2018, 02:47 pm

Tags: Phil Neville

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