Category: Women’s Football

Phil Neville: A Job For The Boys  

The decision hasn’t been formally confirmed yet, but the rumours circling that the Football Association are set to appoint Phil Neville as the new manager of the England women’s team has already angered a considerable number of people, and it’s hardly surprising that this should be the case. Although it has been done occasionally before, international appointments aren’t usually used as testing grounds for largely untested head coaches, so the question for the FA if they are to make this appointment is a simple one: show your workings. It’s more than reasonable to say that 2017 was a pretty...

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Mark Sampson, The FA & A Tale of Two Media

On 19th September, I watched England’s women players descending en masse towards their then-manager Mark Sampson after their opening goal in a World Cup qualifying victory over Russia. “**** off,” I cried. Harsh. But I can explain. The neatly-worked goal was neither hugely special against a hapless defence, nor vital to England’s qualification hopes…five more followed before the night was through. So, the dugout invasion was less a goal celebration than a show of solidarity with the under-pressure Sampson. BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce revealed what was happening (seconds before it happened…which we’ll leave for now). And he proclaimed, correctly (though...

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The WSL In Focus: Manchester City Women See Some Clear Blue Sky

Perhaps it was the absence of a significant men’s league programme over the Easter weekend, perhaps it was a sign of the continued growing interest in women’s football as a spectator sport, or perhaps it was the rapid growth in interest in the Women’s Super League in the mainstream media. No matter what the rationale, a crowd of almost two thousand people turned out at the Academy Stadium in Manchester earlier today to see Manchester City Women continue their winning start to the new season in the Women’s Super League One with a comfortable two-nil win against Arsenal. City...

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