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SportBev Priestman backs 'world-class' Phil Neville to inspire England at Women's World Cup as she hails Lioness boss

12:32  13 june  2019
12:32  13 june  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Bev Priestman backs ' world - class ' Phil Neville to inspire England at Women ' s World Cup as she hails Lioness boss . There is a moment in the BBC’s recent Lionesses documentary when Phil Neville is moving pieces around a Subbuteo table to demonstrate to his coaching staff how

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Bev Priestman backs 'world-class' Phil Neville to inspire England at Women's World Cup as she hails Lioness boss © Getty (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)

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There is a moment in the BBC’s recent Lionesses documentary when Phil Neville is moving pieces around a Subbuteo table to demonstrate to his coaching staff how England’s pressing game had momentarily failed them in a recent game.

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Phil ’ s a world - class man-manager, he’ s worked under the best manager in history [Sir Priestman is talking at a resort hotel on the Normandy coast where England are preparing for Friday’ s She is especially impressed by Neville ’ s willingness to listen. “ Phil will tap into people around him,” she says.

Women ' s game specialist Priestman was hand-picked to join England staff plotting World Cup glory in France. Behind every successful man, they say, is a strong woman . As far as England Lionesses head coach Phil Neville is concerned, that someone is Bev Priestman .

He moves them fast, talks even faster, and his discussion of a need for ‘better angles — not straight angles but depth of angles’ is hard to follow. ‘I’ll look at it, yeah,’ says the woman sitting to his right.

By all accounts this chink in the England armour was sorted in the next training session.

Bev Priestman backs 'world-class' Phil Neville to inspire England at Women's World Cup as she hails Lioness boss © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Bev Priestman (right) backs Phil Neville to inspire the Lionesses at the Women's World Cup

The fixer is Bev Priestman — England’s quiet woman in the shadows. A 33-year-old unheard of to most in the English nation, never interviewed by British media until now, but the cognitive core of Neville’s England. She’s the one who puts his machine gun output of ideas into practice.

By every available account, the partnership has worked to strong effect in the 10 months since she replaced Casey Stoney, who left a role as Neville’s assistant to manage Manchester United.

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England manager Phil Neville says he is taking a squad "full of world - class players" to the Women ' s World Cup in France this summer. Steph Houghton will captain a 23-strong squad which includes 11 World Cup debutantes, while Karen Carney and Jill Scott will head to a fourth tournament.

The England Women ’ s manager, Phil Neville , said his side need to be more ruthless after they passed up a number of After missing out on three World Cups as an England player Neville was going to enjoy the moment and had no Steph Houghton backs ‘scary’ England to improve at World Cup .

Her playing career was not so stellar, a creditable career at Everton compared with Stoney’s 130 appearances for England.

Bev Priestman backs 'world-class' Phil Neville to inspire England at Women's World Cup as she hails Lioness boss © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The 33-year-old developed a reputation as one women's football’s shrewdest coaches

But Priestman has quietly developed a reputation as one of women’s football’s shrewdest international coaches, playing integral roles in developing the game in Canada and New Zealand before joining Neville.

Her own source of inspiration is equally obscure — John Herdman, a fellow denizen of Consett, Co Durham, who left Britain to manage the New Zealand and Canadian teams and now coaches Canada’s men.

Priestman first worked at his Brazilian soccer schools, later following him to New Zealand and Canada.

‘They’re very different, they’ve been on very different paths,’ Priestman says of Herdman and Neville. And it’s clear from all she says that Neville brings a much bigger motivational component, leaving her to nail down the detail.

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Phil Neville ’s England players can see the bigger Women ’ s World Cup picture beyond his demanding, ball-monopolising tactics.

The English women are currently ranked fourth in the world , one spot ahead of Canada. “I am delighted and excited to move to my new position with the Lionesses ,” said Priestman . “From the calibre of people involved, the investment and the general growth of the women ’ s game in England

Bev Priestman backs 'world-class' Phil Neville to inspire England at Women's World Cup as she hails Lioness boss © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Neville walks down to the coast with Rachel Daly and Millie Bright from their base in Normandy

‘What he’s brought is his man-management,’ she says as England prepare for tomorrow’s second group game against Argentina in Le Havre.

‘He is world-class at that and you have to allow him the time to not get bogged down in the details so that he can get the best he can out of every player. He’s taking it in his stride, but I can see the excitement in his eyes.

‘You know he’s had Champions Leagues and everything that’s been in his past — but he eats, sleeps and breathes the Lionesses and that’s refreshing.

‘The girls feel that and they will run through a brick wall for him.

Bev Priestman backs 'world-class' Phil Neville to inspire England at Women's World Cup as she hails Lioness boss © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited (L-R) Demi Stokes, Karen Bardsley, Ellen White and Jill Scott on the sand at Trouville-sur-Mer

‘He’s got a great intuition and gut feel. Historically, I’ve always believed that women have a good gut instinct, feel, emotional intelligence. They understand women.

‘But I actually think Phil’s sister Tracey being in netball means he has that.’

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Philip John Neville (born 21 January 1977) is an English football coach and former player who is currently the head coach of the England women ' s team.

Phil Neville knows how to play it low key. You will not find him in the dressing room when his players are Nikita Parris dazzled for England and showed she can provide the spark for the Lionesses . Share or comment on this article: Women ' s World Cup : Phil Neville must follow Gareth Southgate

Priestman — who has a 10-month-old son, Jack, with partner Emma Humphries, the Liverpool women’s coach — joins the well-established 6am runs that Neville leads for the coaches who want to join in.

‘Phil can get a bit hardcore with his hill sprints and that sort of thing,’ she says. ‘I’m more sprints, high intensity, 25 minutes and I’m done.’

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