England women's boss Phil Neville to step down next summer

Phil Neville will stand down from his role as England Women head coach by next summer.

The former Manchester United and Everton defender was appointed in January 2018 on a contract until the summer of 2021.He is said to be looking for opportunities within.

Neville's future will be announced once the dates for the delayed Women's European Championships are decided. The tournament is taking place in 2022 instead of next year and the schedule is due to be decided by UEFA on Thursday.

Neville is likely to stay on as head coach until the end of his contract, unless a natural appointment of a successor is ready beforehand.

Emma Hayes, Chelsea Women head coach said that Phil Neville had taken the women's game to "a whole new level".

"It's reached the heights and broadcast figures we could only have dreamed of.We have to thank Phil for raising the standards in the women's game.”

The FA is keen to have a coach in place to be in charge of the revised Euros in 2022 and Women's World Cup in 2023 and Neville is to be part of a team advising on potential coaching candidates.

Neville is due to take charge of the Team GB Olympic team - and while a final decision has not been made, it is looking increasingly unlikely he will be the manager in Tokyo next year.

He became Lionesses head coach in January 2018, leading the side to the SheBelievesCup title in 2019 and a fourth-place finish at the World Cup later that summer.

Since last year's quarter-final win over Norway, they have lost seven of 11 games and failed to retain their SheBelieves Cup title in March.

There is speculation that United States coach Jill Ellis could be in the running for the post. Manchester United boss and former England captain Casey Stoney’s name has also been thrown into the hat.

Other contenders

Casey Stoney

The 37-year-old, who won over 100 caps for the Lionesses, is an early favourite for the role. She has been on Neville’s coaching staff since 2018 and is also head coach of Manchester United.

Nick Cushing

The 35-year-old was a huge success with Manchester City women, winning a WSL title and two FA Cups over a seven-year period so his knowledge of the women’s game will be unbeatable.

Emma Hayes

The Chelsea head coach was strongly considered prior to Neville’s appointment and her CV makes her a strong candidate. She has delivered two WSL titles to the Blues as well as two FA Cups and a League Cup while also taking her side to the Champions League semi-finals twice.

John Herdman

The English coach is currently in charge of the Canada men’s national team, having taken the job in 2018. However, he has experience of the women’s game, having led Canada to back-to-back Olympic bronze medals in 2012 and 2016, while also taking them to the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup on home soil.