England women’s boss Phil Neville is already planning for life after the Lionesses as he eyes up a potential managerial role at Slough-based paper company Werham Hogg.
The 43-year-old former Manchester United star confirmed he will leave his role as England women’s manager in July 2021.
The self-proclaimed ‘Phil Nev-Meister’ was set to lead Team GB into this summer’s Olympic Games, before taking control of the Lionesses at the Women’s Euros but both events have been delayed by a year.
Director of women’s football, Sue Campbell, went on record to thank Neville for his service and said the former Everton defender will always be remembered for his ‘non-negotiable style of football’.
Ladies captain Stephanie Jayne Houghton said the players will always remember Neville’s stirring speech before the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup when he famously roared: ‘Are you ready to win the World Cup? Cause we’re in it to win it’.
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But now the six-time Premier League winner is turning his attention to a middle-management position at the Slough-based paper merchants, Wernham-Hogg.
The former England right-back said he’s fully prepared for the hurly-burly of mundane office-work: ‘I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge – whether that’s on the pitch or in the workplace. Actually, that’s a great quote. Can you please make sure that one goes to print?’.
‘Football and stationery are pretty similar when you think about. Apart from the wages, which are worlds apart to be fair’.
When asked if he thought he’d be as successful at Wernham-Hogg as he was as England women’s boss, a bullish Neville replied: ‘I’m not ashamed to say it but I think I’d be the best thing to happen to that company since Brent’.
However, Neville was unhappy when shown an email currently circulating the Werham-Hogg office, which claims he’s a dead ringer for current team-leader and former lieutenant in Territorial Army, Gareth Keenan: ‘Who else has seen this filth?’, snapped the Salford City co-owner.
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