ON THIS DAY IN 2018: Phil Neville’s reign as England manager gets off to a fiery start | Pro IQRA News

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Phil Neville was appointed England manager on this day in 2018 and immediately faced criticism over old tweets containing sexist jokes.

The Football Association handed the former Manchester United full-back his first permanent role in management after sacking his predecessor Mark Sampson last September for “unacceptable behaviour” during his time at Bristol City.

Neville has signed a contract until the end of the European Championship at home in 2021.

Neville’s lack of experience in women’s football and his historically sexist tweets met a mixed reaction to the appointment.

Neville was forced to shut down his Twitter account after old tweets about women “making breakfast” or “making the beds” were discovered along with a joke about his wife.

He would go on to lead England to a fourth-place finish at the 2019 World Cup after their semi-final defeat to the United States.

England had won the SheBelieves Cup months earlier, but Neville didn’t captain the team to his home Euro after the coronavirus pandemic pushed him back 12 months.

Neville then left his role at the start of 2021, six months earlier than planned, to take charge of Inter Miami.

This meant that Neville missed out on managing the Great Britain team at the Olympics, but was still in charge of the Major League Soccer team owned by David Beckham.


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