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SheBelieves Cup: USWNT slips Germany; Neville wins England debut

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The United States women’s national team joined Phil Neville‘s England women’s NT as Day One winners at the SheBelieves Cup on Thursday in Columbus.

World No. 3 England gave manager Neville a heck of a debut, scoring thrice in the first half en route to a 4-1 defeat of France, who won the 2017 SheBelieves Cup.

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Fran Kirby and Jill Scott each had a goal and an assist for England, while Toni Duggan and Jodi Taylor also scored before Gaëtane Thiney ruined the clean sheet with 13 minutes to play.

The former Manchester United and Everton legend’s appointment has been much scrutinized, as he’s never had the top chair in his managerial career.

The snowy nightcap saw the No. 1 USWNT facing No. 2 Germany, and the Yanks started in style. A long Alyssa Naeher clearance was flicked toward the German 18 by Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe’s side-foot effort was enough to get the Yanks on the board.

That’s all the Yanks would need in their bid to retake the tournament’s bragging rights after winning the first edition in 2016.

The tournament shifts to New Jersey for Sunday matches between the U.S. and France (Noon ET), Germany and England (3 p.m. ET).

France and Germany then meet Wednesday in Orlando (4 p.m. ET), with the U.S. wrapping up the tournament versus England (7 p.m. ET)

“I’m not a sexist”: England women’s coach Neville defends tweets

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BURTON-UPON-TRENT, England (AP) Rejecting accusations he is a sexist, Phil Neville says he has the character and status to be a role model after taking on the “ultimate job” as coach of England’s national women’s team.

The decision to hire the former Manchester United defender brought scrutiny last week because of his lack of coaching experience and his posting of tweets six years ago that were deemed sexist and misogynistic.

Neville says “my character stands up to any accusation that has been leveled at me … I’ve lived my life right. I think I have a lot of respect within the game” — from Sky Sports:

“It was that wording that disappointed me more than any of them because it obviously relates to domestic violence. That tweet wasn’t sent out as a joke to domestic violence. It was in a period when I was on holiday with my wife.

“It relates to something I was doing with my wife in terms of a sporting, competitive nature. But it’s not right, the wording of the tweet was not right and I’m disappointed I used that terminology.”

The 41-year-old Neville was presented Monday as the England coach and says he isn’t using the job as a “stepping stone” to other positions in the game.

Phil Neville issues apology after tweets about women

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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.

Who will replace Koeman at Everton?

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Where will Everton turn in search of their next manager?

U23s coach David Unsworth is the front-runner to take over, according to several betting sites — not that we’d partake in such madness — and the 44-year-old boasts 312 career appaearances for the Toffees.

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As for who else could be in frame for the gig, there are names (quite) familiar and new.

David Moyes — This one is an eyebrow-raiser, as Moyes has had little if any success since leaving Everton and ended his time at Sunderland with a sexist takedown of a journalist. But the 54-year-old Scot spent more than 11 years at Everton before leaving for Manchester United, and it’s not like the Toffees wanted him to skip town. He was thrice League Manager of the Year at Goodison Park.

Sean Dyche — The Burnley boss has overachieved time and again at Turf Moor, and the Clarets are one of the smallest outfits the Premier League has ever seen. A move to Everton could be a big and safe enough step to warrant his affection.

Carlo Ancelotti — He’s said he’s not returning to a manager’s seat this season, but the Italian may relish the chance to take a skillful team and organize it into its rightful potential. And we think he’s do a magnificent job.

Chris Coleman — He’s waffled on staying in his position at Wales, and the club’s absence from this summer’s World Cup must have him eyeing the club scene. He’s hasn’t led a club since 2012, having led AEL, Coventry City, Real Sociedad, and Fulham.

Phil Neville — The Manchester United and Everton playing legend doesn’t have first chair experience, but may be able to rally the troops. His latest stint was as an assistant in brother Gary’s tough, short campaign at Valencia.

Although… his recent prediction record isn’t hot.

Longshots: Mikel Arteta, Luis Enrique, Eddie Howe, Thomas Tuchel, Sam Allardyce, Manuel Pellegrini, Frank De Boer.

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Gary, Phil Neville discuss all things Man United

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Brothers Gary and Phil Neville both came through the ranks as local lads at Manchester United and went on to have glittering careers with the Red Devils.

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In the videos below the duo sit down with Steve Bower to discuss their United careers, playing against each other and what winning trophies for United meant.


Making their debuts for Manchester United

Playing against each other

Winning their first PL title, treble at United