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Phil Neville's controversial tweets emerge after becoming England women's manager

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Eyebrows have been raised after Phil Neville was appointed head coach of the England women’s team on Tuesday.

The former Manchester United and Everton star, 41, has been accused by some people - fans and former players, included - of getting the job based on reputation rather than experience.

While Neville has coached at United, Valencia and the England Under-21s, he has only ever managed one match - and that was for non-league Salford City, who he co-owns alongside his fellow ‘Class of 92’ members.

Nevertheless, the retired midfielder, who has signed a contract until 2021, is confident that he has what it takes to lead the Lionesses to the next level.

He will oversee their 2019 World Cup campaign in France, where his new team will be expected to seriously challenge for glory.

"This squad's on the verge of something special and I believe I can lead them to the next level," Neville was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "I am honoured to be given the chance to lead England.

"With the new coaching team we are putting in place, we can help the players build on their great progress in recent years.

"There is no greater honour than representing your country and it will be a privilege to do it again."

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - The Emirates FA Cup Final

Neville finds himself in hot water over past tweets

However, less than an hour into the job following his appointment on Tuesday evening and Neville found himself in hot water over a few tweets that look rather awkward now.

Per the BBC’s sports editor, Dan Roan, here are just a few of Neville’s past tweets which have emerged…




Oh dear.

Neville has deleted his Twitter account

Now, the reason we can’t link directly to the tweets in question is due to the fact that Neville has, perhaps unsurprisingly, deleted his Twitter account.

Valencia CF Training Session

That’s right, @fizzer18 is no more.

Stan Collymore defends Neville

Some people believe that these tweets further prove that Neville is the wrong man for the job.

Others, like Stan Collymore, believe people are blowing a few tongue-in-cheek tweets out of proportion.

“Just seen the Phil Neville stuff,” Collymore tweeted following the furore. “The permanently offended are turning moderate people into hardliners.

“Not my choice as England manager but the notion that old tweets, a piss poor attempt at at humour warrants this whirlwind of faux outrage is f***ing cobblers.”

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