Departing head coach of England women’s national team Phil Neville will look to move into club football, following the expiration of his contract in July 2021.
Neville will depart from his role as coach of the Three Lionesses after spending three years in charge, leading the team to the 2019 Women’s World Cup and SheBelieves tournament in 2020.
His appointment to the top women’s post was heavily criticized as a result of his apparent lack of knowledge, experience and interest in the game of women’s football.
But the former Manchester United player stayed on and guided England to the semi-finals of last year’s World and now, the 43-year-old is ready to leave his position with the Lionesses and “then get into the day-to-day running of a club job.”
Speaking to beIN Sports’ Keys & Gray Show, he said: “My plan was always just to go for the three years and then get into day-to-day running of a club job, which would be what I wanted to do.
“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 added.
Neville will step down as manager of the English senior women’s side shortly before the rescheduled Olympic Games, although, he has been linked with the coaching role of Team Great Britain in Tokyo.