As we are all hoping for the Football in England to return, for many of us its been a long wait to see what will happen. In the woman’s game its just the same as the FA are still waiting to see if they can give the go ahead to restart the WSL.
Apart from that the big news coming out of the FA in the Woman’s Game is that Phil Neville has said that he is stepping down from his role as manger of the England Lionesses after his contract runs out in the summer of 2021.
Neville has been the England manger for a few years now since taking the role in 2018. He lead the Lionesses to their first ever win in the SheBelieves Cup and following that he also lead the Lionesses to two Semi-Final places in the European Championships and the World Cup , where they lost to the eventual winners Holland and the USA respectively.
Since the World Cup in 2019, however, the Lionesses have only won three of their last 12 matches.
This is a very poor record for a team that reached the Semi Finals and will soon be hosting The European Championships in 2022.
This brings us to former USA coach Jill Ellis, who lead the Americans to two World Cup successes as well as making them the top rank team in the world. This makes her an ideal choice to replace Neville when he steps down.
Former England International Eniola Aluko says Ellis is the best candidate but also says the Football Association must be prepared to pay Ellis the same as England men’s boss Gareth Southgate.
“She has that pedigree and she has that experience,” Aluko told Sky Sports.
“She’s worked with some of the best footballers – elite athletes – in the world. The England women’s team now are at that point where they’re getting to semi-finals and now need to be getting to a final and winning it, winning World Cups, winning European Championships.”
Ellis was manager of the USA when the team began their legal battle for equal pay, and Aluko has suggested that the FA would need to avoid the possibility of a similar scenario developing.
“The contract she’s probably going to command is going to be very, very high and it’s whether the FA are willing to invest that amount of money,” added Aluko.
Last month, former England and Arsenal defender Alex Scott said
“the FA has the capability to attract Ellis” because of the growing investment in women’s football.
So thing’s in the Woman’s Game are taking pace keep as we might soon have a new manager leading the Lionesses to an even better future.