The former Sunderland Ladies manager believes Phil Neville and England are on the brink of making history in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The England women’s national team defeated Norway 3-0 on Thursday to qualify to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Semifinal and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
But they will have their most difficult game ahead, as they will play against the United States this Tuesday for a ticket to the Final game.
And former Sunderland Ladies coach Mick Mulhern believes the team is on the brink of making history.
“I have impressed with Phil Neville and I thought it was great that we were getting a big name as England manager when he was appointed,” he told The Chronicle Live.
“He came with a proven caliber after having a successful playing career, which was spent entirely at the top end of the game.”
“That is why I couldn’t understand the criticism surrounding his appointment,” he added.
“Phil would have walked in and commanded massive respect from the players because of what he did during his career, that would have been a very positive start point.”
“There is clearly a bond with his players, and they are doing what he is asking of them,” he said.
“I haven’t seen a coaching session that he has put on, but whatever they are doing is producing results.”
“People are now realizing what I always knew about Steph Houghton,” he explained.
“She always hated losing, she is a leader and she is a real character in the squad.”
“But most of all, she is a decent person all around,” he commented.
“She is relishing the responsibility of leading this England side – just as she always has done throughout her career.”
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