Wiegman set for head coach as England women go Dutch
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.”