NEW COACH FOR LIONESSES
ENGLAND’S women’s football team is welcoming a new head coach in former Dutch player Sarina Wiegman, winner of more than 100 caps for her country and a successful coach of her country’s women’s team.
Sarina has been described as calm, patient, honest, funny and likeable, and had a brilliant career as a footballer before she turned to coaching. Her attention to detail and ability to make tough decisions led to the Dutch national team winning Euro 2017 and reaching the World Cup final. She is due to take over from Phil Neville in September 2021.
It was felt by many in the world of women’s football that the new coach should be a woman but there is no doubt that Sarina is exceptionally well qualified for the role. Baroness Campbell, the FA’s head of women’s football, said that she was the number one choice. “Her technical expertise, leadership skills and winning mentality are hugely impressive,” she said.
Sarina was determined to be a footballer as a child, and even cut her hair short to look like one of the boys. She was known for her energy and directing her team-mates on the pitch.
“She taught us that if you want to win, you have to stick together and stick to the plan,” said Dutch star Kika van Es. “Even if we are 1-0 down we can still win if we stick to the plan.”
Sarina’s first major tournament with the English Lionesses will be Euro 2021, which has been postponed until 2022.
Sarina Wiegman coaching youngsters in The Netherlands before her appointment