Phil Neville deletes Twitter account after controversial posts about women are unearthed

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Phil Neville deleted his Twitter account within hours of being named the new head coach of the England women’s team after controversial comments he posted in 2012 emerged.

The former Manchester United and Everton player was officially appointed as the successor to Mark Sampson by the Football Association. But the 41-year-old attracted criticism on social media for his tweets from six years ago.

“Morning men couple of hours cricket be4 work sets me up nicely for the day,” Neville wrote at the time.

When asked why he referred only to men in his post, Neville replied: “When I said morning men I thought the women would of been busy preparing breakfast/getting kids ready/making the beds-sorry morning women!”

The former England international last night deleted the post and then appeared to remove his Twitter account, @fizzer18, which was unavailable to users.

Work experience: Phil Neville was once assistant coach of Valencia Credit: AFP

Neville, who met the England team at their training camp in Malaga this week, has agreed a deal until the end of the 2021 Uefa Women’s Championship.

Although he has no previous experience of working within the women’s game and has has operated only as an assistant manager in his coaching career, the Football Association has decided he is the best person to lead the Lionesses in their bid to win the World Cup in France next year.

Phil Neville's account joked thus in 2011. He has deleted his Twitter account Credit: Twitter

Neville has worked as a coach at Manchester United, Valencia and with the England Under-21s and his appointment is a left-field one.

Phil Neville tweet from 2012 Credit: Twitter

Interim manager Mo Marley, who took charge following Sampson’s departure, is expected to return to her role in charge of the Under-19 squad. The FA has ignored candidates working within the women’s game which has been perceived as a slight on those who have spent their careers coaching in women’s football.

“This squad’s on the verge of something special and I believe I can lead them to the next level,” said Neville.

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