Wieg­man set for head coach as Eng­land women go Dutch

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - Foot­ball By Katie Why­att

Sa­rina Wieg­man is ex­pected to be named as Eng­land’s new head coach to­day.

The Holland man­ager emerged as the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s pre­ferred can­di­date this week ahead of Jill El­lis, who had twice guided the United States to World Cup suc­cess.

Wieg­man, 50, will re­place Phil Neville, who an­nounced in April his in­ten­tion to re­sign, af­ter the pan­demic meant the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were pushed back to next year and the 2021 Eu­ros, which Eng­land are to host, were de­layed un­til 2022. His con­tract will ex­pire next July.

It is un­clear who will man­age the Great Bri­tain side at next sum­mer’s Olympics and there re­mains a pos­si­bil­ity that it could be Neville if Wieg­man does not wish to take on the role. The FA, as the per­for­mance lead for Olympic foot­ball, is tasked with se­lect­ing the Team GB man­ager, but it does not au­to­mat­i­cally fol­low that the role must go to the Eng­land head coach.

The Dutch FA had hoped to re­tain Wieg­man’s ser­vices. It said: “We spoke to Sa­rina about her fu­ture af­ter the Olympics [when her con­tract will end]. Af­ter the hol­i­day pe­riod, Sa­rina and our board will fol­low this up in a new meet­ing.”

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