Netherlands Woman’s manager Sarina Wiegman is to take over from Phill Neville as England’s Head Coach from September 2021.
The former Dutch midfielder, whose team won The European Championships in 2017, is set to sign a four-year deal, while Neville will leave his Head Coach role next summer.
Following her confirmed appointment, Wiegman said:
“England is the cradle of football and I’m very much looking forward to contributing my experience and expertise to this ambitious team.”
The first tournament that Wigeman will be in charge of the Lionesses is the Women’s Euro 2021 on home soil, which has subsequently been pushed back until July 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
England-born ex USA Manager Jill Ellis was also said to be in the running for the job whose USA Team has won the past two World Cups.
Last Month The FA reviled that they had 142 Applications for the Job with Head of Woman’s Football Baroness Sue Campbell saying:
“The players deserve the best and I will bring them the best if I can”
Wiegman has a contract with the Dutch FA till the end of 2021.
Neville’s contract, however, runs out at the end of 2021. He could still be in charge though, of Team GB should Wiegman chose to stay with the Dutch during that Tournament.
The Games in Japan are due to take place from July 29th till 8th August.
Having reached the Semi-Finals of their last three Major Tournament’s, the FA wanted to appoint someone who can take the team that one step further and ultimately lead them to World Cup glory.
Wiegman lead her side to glory as hosts of Euro 2017 where they beat The Lionesses, managed by Mark Sampson 3-0 in the last four.
She also guided the Netherlands to there first World Cup final two years later, even though they lost to Ellis’ USA in the Final
Wiegman is well-acquainted with the English game as many of her star players play in the the Woman’s Super League including: forward Vivianne Miedema and midfielder Danielle Van Da Donk, Both of Arsenal and Manchester United’s Jackie Groenen.