Phil Neville set for talks over England Women manager's job

VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 19:  Valencia CF assistant coach Phil Neville looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg matc
Image: Phil Neville has coached at Valencia, Manchester United and England since retiring

Phil Neville is set to have talks with the FA over the England Women manager's job, according to Sky sources.

It is understood the former England, Manchester United and Everton defender is considered the early favourite to succeed Mark Sampson.

It is understood that no decision has yet been reached, but the FA hope to conclude the process next week.

The FA are keen to speak to other potential candidates for the position, according to Sky sources. The FA does not comment on its recruitment process.

Image: Phil Neville was part of David Moyes' coaching staff at Man Utd

Neville has been a coach since before retiring in 2013, helping the England Men's U21 side, before taking a full-time coaching role under David Moyes when he took over the reins at Old Trafford.

Neville became a coach at Valencia in 2015 and continued in the role when his brother Gary took over as caretaker manager in 2016. They both left later that year.

Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Valencia v Lyon, Champions League
Image: Phil Neville coached under brother Gary at Valencia last year

Speaking to the Super 6 Class of 92 Facebook Live on Thursday evening, Neville said: "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.

"It's something that I will have to do. I've had two great experience 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 number two or an assistant.

"I want to cut my cloth and I've just got to wait for the right opportunity, really.

Phil Neville talks to the Super 6 Class of 92 Facebook Live about his managerial aspirations

"I'm dead relaxed about it because I'm in the media and I'm loving every minute of it. I work for a lot of TV stations, I still live in Spain and my life is pretty good."

Axed boss Sampson lost his job because of a relationship with a female player during his time at Bristol Academy, according to Sky sources.

He was sacked on September 20 last year after information came to light about his conduct during his time at Bristol prior to his England appointment.

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