Priestman is full of praise for Neville

The England women’s national team assistant believes the coach has “world-class” man-management skills.

Phil Neville is the coach of England women’s national team, better known as the Lionesses.

He is managing in his first FIFA Women’s World Cup, where he already has a 2-1 win over Scotland.

And for England assistant coach Bev Priestman, he has “world-class” man-management skills.

“Phil is a world-class man-manager,” she told Four Four Two.

“He has worked under the best manager in history (Sir Alex Ferguson).”

She added: “He’s played the game at the highest level, and I think that sort of confidence, when you’re alongside someone who’s won and nothing fazes him in that sense.”

“As a staff member, it really gives you a lot of confidence to just do your job and deliver.”

“Under John (who was the manager of the New Zealand women’s team from 2006 to 2011 and then Canada’s until 2018) – he’s had a lot of experience, a lot of tournaments and he’s detailed,” she explained.

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“You put me and Phil together and I hope it’s a pairing to bring England some success.”

“He recognizes my experiences and draws on them and uses them,” she said.

“I think I’ve brought the learnings across tournaments.”

“So when you get to a game that really matters, seven games in, 50 days on the road – you have to be prepared for that in your first training session, and getting that balance right,” Priestman concluded.


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