Phil Neville has issued a public apology after historic Tweets caused uproar just hours after he was named as the new manager of the English women’s national team.
Neville, 41, was named as the Lionesses new head coach amid plenty of scrutiny as his credentials to lead the third-ranked women’s team in the world were called into question due to his lack of experience in management and having never coached in the women’s game before.
However, the past 24 hours also saw Neville delete his Twitter account amid growing uproar about historic tweets from 2012 which saw him make discriminatory comments.
“Following comments made a number of years ago I would like to clarify that they were not and are not a true and genuine reflection of either my character or beliefs, and would like to apologize,” Neville said. “I am fully aware of my responsibilities as the England Women’s Head Coach and am immensely proud and honored to have been given the role. I am now looking forward to the future and will work tirelessly to try and help bring success to the team.”
Here are some examples of the tweets from 2012.
The FA’s Chief Executive Martin Glenn has since issued a statement on the situation saying that Neville’s comments do not “meet the threshold for issuing a charge” after football’s equality and inclusion organization, Kick It Out, released a statement questioning if Neville would be charged by the FA for his historical tweets.