14 July 2020

FA receive 142 applications to take over from Phil Neville as England head coach

The FA have revealed 142 people have applied for the England head coach job which will become vacant after Phil Neville departs the role next summer.

Head of women's football, Baroness Sue Campbell, has said over half of the applicants met the criteria for the role.

Speaking to BBC’s Fair Play: The Women in Sport Show, she said: "We've had an unbelievable response. I'm not judging it against what we've had in the past, it's saying, 'who has got the ability to take us right to the top of Everest?'

"We're at the final camp - how do we get to the top of that mountain? That's what my job is. To find that person for the players. They deserve the best and I want to get them the best if I can."

The candidate that takes on the role will be building towards the 2023 World Cup.

The application process closed at the end of June and Campbell confirmed they have had ‘very, very good interest from significantly experienced coaches’.

Star names that have been rumoured to replace Neville include Manchester United boss Casey Stoney, Chelsea manager Emma Hayes and former US head coach Jill Ellis.

The FA did announce 124 positions were being made redundant as a result of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

And while Baroness Campbell admits the women’s game has been affected, she also insists going forward it will not have a significant impact.

She said: "What we're talking about now is what do we stop, and how do we find different, creative ways to do some of the things we were going to do through funding."

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