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Neville issues apology as Kick It Out calls for FA charge

Neville issues apology as Kick It Out calls for FA charge

New England women's manager Phil Neville faces questions about jokes he posted on social media.

Phil Neville deleted his Twitter account after controversial tweets he posted over five years ago re-emerged.

"When I said morning men I thought women would of (sic) been busy preparing breakfast/getting kids ready/making beds - sorry morning women!"

His appointment then became more awkward when some tweets from six years ago resurfaced and began being widely retweeted.

The Women's Sport Trust charity was also critical of Neville and the FA, saying: "In the age of MeToo and TimesUp, all individuals and organizations must be more aware of past sexist behavior and respond to it appropriately".

"I'm honoured to be given the chance to lead England", he said in a statement. "Despite the huge growth in the women's game in recent years, this appointment has also highlighted that we still don't have enough female coaches at the highest level".

Neville's brother, fellow ex-Manchester United and England footballer Gary Neville, and their sister Tracey Neville, who is head coach of England's netball team, both tweeted messages of congratulations following his appointment.

Neville succeeded Mark Sampson, who was sacked as manager previous year for misconduct.

"Relax I'm back chilled - just battered the wife!"

'With the other coaches we'll appoint working closely with Phil and complementing his coaching prowess and worldwide experience, we have an exciting team that will help the squad make yet another jump forward.

Following his appointment, a United Kingdom based women's sports charity said that hiring Neville "undermines the coaching pathway and will be a blow to hundreds of football coaches, both male and female".

Technical director Dan Ashworth, who previously appointed Mark Sampson as England women's manager, and tried so hard to shield him from the controversies that eventually engulfed his career, has a dispiriting track record when it comes to handing out jobs to his friends.

There's an uncanny timing in Neville being named England women's boss a week after Ryan Giggs was made Wales manager.

Phil Neville occupied the role of the first-team coach at Manchester United under David Moyes.

Glenn said the FA turned to Neville after four candidates on the final shortlist - two of them female - withdrew from the selection process.

England Under-19 women's coach Mo Marley took over as caretaker boss of the senior side and led the team to a 1-0 friendly defeat by France in October before overseeing World Cup qualifying wins over Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kazakhstan.

He will be with a large group of women from now (he has arrived in La Manga, Spain to join the team's training for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup) until his contract ends.

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