Eluko: Ex-USWNT boss Ellis the ‘best fit’ for England

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England women national team hero Eniola Aluko says Jill Ellis is the coach best equipped “to bring silverware” to her home nation.

Current England boss Phil Neville’s job has been under scrutiny for some time as the Lionesses have won just three times since reaching the 2019 World Cup semifinals.

Aluko is an England centurion and says she isn’t in for the job despite what the bookies say, and she really likes the idea of the ex-USWNT.

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Ellis, 53, was born in England and moved to the United States at the age of 15. She led the USWNT to back-to-back World Cups and was named the FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year in both of those years (2015, 2019).

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“The England women’s team now are at that point where they are getting to semifinals and now need to be getting to a final and winning it, winning World Cups and European championships. The only person in the best position to do that having won back-to-back World Cups, having won Olympics is Jill Ellis. She has that pedigree; She’s worked with some of the best footballers, elite athletes in the world.

“The only problem would be the contract she’s going to command will probably be very, very high and it’s whether the FA are willing to invest that kind of money. I’m talking about commensurate to probably what Gareth Southgate is paid, coming from that sort of equal pay expectation.”

Money may be tight moving forward, but splashing the cash on Ellis would send a strong message to the England side and add loads of drama to the SheBelieves Cup, Olympics and more.

Some American fans thought the USWNT succeeded in spite of Ellis’ management, but two World Cups don’t lie. If Neville’s canned, we’d love to see Ellis get the chance to prove her those critics wrong.