Netherlands gaffer Sarina Wiegman replaces Phil Neville as England Women’s head coach

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Sarina Wiegman, the Netherlands Women’s National team coach is appointed as the England women’s head coach. She will be the successor of Phil Neville, the current coach of the National team.

Sarina Wiegman takes over the Lionesses

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Following the announcement in April that the former Manchester United player, Phil Neville would leave after his contract expires, it is now decided that Sarina Wiegman would be taking over the team in September 2021 after the Olympic Games in Tokyo, that is postponed to July 2021.

The FA has not confirm the coach yet who will manage the England Women’s National team and released a statement : “The FA will now renew its dialogue with the home nations in respect of the postponed Tokyo Olympics to take place in July 2021, as well as the 2024 Games, and a decision on the head coach for Team GB next year will be announced in due course.”

Sarina Wiegman has penned a four year deal. She will guide the team in Euro in 2022, the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the 2025 Euro. However, she will lead the team at Olympic games 2024 if they qualify.

Netherlands gaffer Sarina Wiegman replaces Phil Neville as England Women's head coach - THE SPORTS ROOM

Phil Neville has helped the England Women’s National team to qualify for the semi-final of last year’s World Cup.Phil Neville’s contract will expire in July 2021 and thus the decision of appointing the 50 year old Dutch.

On joining the team, Sarina Wiegman said, “I’m delighted and honoured to join England Women next year,”

“England is the cradle of football and the major developments in women’s football globally over recent years have been led by The FA. I’m very much looking forward to contributing my experience and expertise to this ambitious team”, she added.

Though, Sarina Wiegman has shown the path of success to the Dutch Women’s team, she has major goals on her list.

Netherlands gaffer Sarina Wiegman replaces Phil Neville as England Women's head coach - THE SPORTS ROOM

“The ride with the ‘Oranje Lionesses’ has been amazing so far, but we haven’t reached our final destination yet. There are two more goals: qualifying for the UEFA Women’s EURO in 2022 and challenging at the Olympics next summer. That would be a fitting completion for me of everything we’ve strived to achieve in women’s football in my home country.”

Sarina Wiegman wants to concentrate with the team she is managing now and the future is not the concern right now.

She said, “I am extremely excited by the prospect of leading England Women in the future, but for now I am one hundred percent focused on Oranje. I will do my utmost to add another chapter to their remarkable journey before making my next step.”

The FA’s director of women’s football, Sue Campbell is impressed with the Dutch’s managerial skills and delighted with the appointment.

Netherlands gaffer Sarina Wiegman replaces Phil Neville as England Women's head coach - THE SPORTS ROOM

She said, “It speaks volumes for the progress of England Women over recent years and the bold ambitions we have for the future that we had so many world-class candidates apply for the role.”

“Sarina was our number one choice. She is the perfect cultural fit for us, which is crucially important in building a winning team. Her technical expertise, leadership skills and winning mentality is hugely impressive.”

“I am confident that together with our incredible support staff and ambitious, talented playing squad she can help us achieve the international success we are striving for”, she added.

“Sarina will also be a great ambassador for the FA and the women’s game in England, sharing our desire to inspire the next generation of English players, coaches, administrators and supporters.”

Netherlands gaffer Sarina Wiegman replaces Phil Neville as England Women's head coach - THE SPORTS ROOM

Sarina Wiegman had previously led Netherlands at Euros, for which Netherlands was the host in 2017. They defeated Denmark in Final with 4-2 be the final outcome. She had guided the team to the final of the 2019 World Cup, but unfortunately beaten 2-0 by the United States.

The Dutch international, had 104 appearances for the National side. Sarina Weigman claimed her coaching licence in 2016 and became the first woman to work as coach at a Dutch professional football organisation. She was the first preference of replacement after the Neville’s position would be vacated.

Sarina Wiegman is one of the trailblazers in Women’s Football history. She has had some incredible moments along her career and with the appointment as England’s head coach, she now has added a new chapter to her life.

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