Fara Williams has slammed Phil Neville for disrespecting the women’s game following the Englishman’s latest comments about the Three Lionesses’ coaching role.
Neville recently revealed he is now seeking a new challenge upon the expiration of his contract, after branding his post as a stepping stone to club management.
The former Manchester United defender will step down as coach of the Lionesses when his deal expires in July 2021, but his remarks about his current job was not taken lightly by Williams.
The Reading midfielder who is England’s record appearance-maker with 172 international caps, says Neville showed “lack of respect” with his comments as manager of the team.
“The comments… I was disappointed with [them]. The fact that you can come out and say you was using our national team as a stepping stone, that disappointed me,” she said on Sky Sports.
“I was hurt by those comments. I am no longer with that squad but I certainly know what it means to me to play for England.
”I know what it means for the girls there currently, staff that are there currently [and] that were there before.
“Comments like that are not needed in my opinion. I think he could have probably handled that, or the comments could have been made a little bit better.
“I just think it shows a little lack of respect for our game and, as I say, where it was and where we are trying to get it to.”
Neville last week disclosed that his intentions was to coach a national side to get more experience before switching to club football.
“My plan was always just to go for the three years and then get into the day-to-day running of a club job, which would be what I wanted to do,” Neville told beIN Sports’ Keys & Gray Show.
“It’s been brilliant and I’ve loved every minute of it, but ultimately you don’t get to see the players. You don’t get to impact them every single day, which is now what I feel I need to do.
“The plan was always to do the three years. I had a World Cup, I had the Olympics -which [would have been] this summer – and then there’s the Euros in England next summer. That was my three-year stint at international football.”
He has been linked with the coaching role of Team Great Britain in Tokyo and he will also be part of a team recommending potential candidates to the English FA that will succeed him.