Fresh start? How old and new coaches com­pare

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Prag­ma­tism

Phil Neville stuck with Eng­land’s pass­ing style, but Sa­rina Wieg­man let her Euro 2017 win­ners play ugly when they had to. De­spite crit­i­cism from the Dutch press, they kept on winning.

Bond with team

Neville was well-liked by his play­ers and un­afraid to share his emo­tions. As a club man­ager, Wieg­man op­er­ated an open-door policy and while some play­ers felt she was stub­born on team se­lec­tion, she was re­spected and got on their level.

Pedi­gree

Neville en­joyed some suc­cess – winning the SheBelieve­s Cup last year – but his ap­proach felt un­fin­ished and his in­ex­pe­ri­ence showed. Wieg­man has man­aged in the women’s game for more than a decade and won her first tour­na­ment as Hol­land man­ager.

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