Phil Neville gets FA’s backing to remain as Lionesses’ head coach despite poor form since World Cup

The Football Association has decided to keep Lionesses’ head coach Phil Neville in the top job despite the team’s recent poor run of form.

The decision will see Neville lead England to the Euro’s in 2021 despite his squad having won only two matches since their semi-final defeat against the US in the summer.

Neville himself has admitted that the side’s performance is not good enough, saying: “We’ve got massive improvements to make. We’re conceding too many goals, we let goals in easily and we’re giving teams that smell that they can get at us and win.

“I’ve had unbelievable backing from the FA. They are going to throw their absolute weight behind the next push we’re going to make. That’s been the message that I’ve had.”

It was announced at the weekend that Dawn Scott has been appointed the new head of sports science and fitness for the Lionesses. Scott has previously been working with back-to-back World Cup winners the US. She will begin her role on January 1.

Neville admitted prior to England’s friendly against the Czech Republic: “I’ve not performed as a manager, the players haven’t performed as players and we take full responsibility for that and ultimately the buck stops with me.”

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