Football Association Confirm Next England Boss

Last updated : 14 August 2020 By Three Lions

Phil Neville's successor has been named as Sarina Wiegman, the current manager of the Dutch women's national team set to take over the Lionesses role in September 2021.

Wiegman emerged as the favourite earlier this week after the likes of former USA head coach Jill Ellis and Chelsea boss Emma Hayes having been seen as the early front-runners once it was announced that Neville would step down from the role.

The Netherlands enjoyed great success under Wiegman, winning Euro 2017 in front of joyous home crowds and reaching the final of the 2019 World Cup.

She will continue in her current role until after the delayed Tokyo Olympics before the focus switches to emulating her 2017 feat and guiding England to European Championship success when they host the tournament in 2022.

"Sarina was the outstanding candidate from a very strong field," commented FA chief executive Mark Bullingham.

"She is a proven winner and we are confident she can take England to the next level, giving us the best possible opportunity of achieving our ambition to win a major tournament."

The future of the women's game in England has been the subject of some debate since the suspension of football due to the coronavirus pandemic and the knock-on effect on the finances of the Football Association.

But pursuing a high-profile candidate and persuading her to sign a four-year contract will be seen as a sign that the national team at least remains a priority for the governing body.