Report: Phil Neville in the running to be next England Women's manager

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VALENCIA, SPAIN - MARCH 06: Valencia CF assistant coach Phil Neville gives instructions prior to the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Atletico de Madrid at Estadi de Mestalla on March 06, 2016 in Valencia, Spain.

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The Football Association has shortlisted former Manchester United defender Phil Neville as a candidate for the vacant manager’s role on England‘s women’s team, according to The Telegraph’s Matt Law.

Neville, who last served as an assistant to his brother Gary at Valencia, is apparently looking for a route back into football management. The FA is expected to speak with the 40-year-old as it kicks up its recruitment drive.

Neville also served as a coach on England’s Under-21 side before joining David Moyes’ staff at United.

“Management is something I do want to do, whether it’s today, whether it’s tomorrow, or whether it’s in six months or six years,” Neville said Thursday, according to Sky Sports. “It’s something that I will have to do. I’ve had two great experiences as assistant managers at United and at Valencia, but now is the time where, for me, I want to be a manager and not a No. 2 or an assistant.”

The FA dismissed Mark Sampson from the job in September after an internal investigation discovered evidence of “inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour” during his time in charge of Bristol Academy. His firing came amid separate allegations of bullying and racism towards former English international Eni Aluko.

It’s unclear whether England will install a permanent manager before its next batch of competitive fixtures at the SheBelieves Cup in March.

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