Manchester United has appointed former England internatonal Casey Stoney as head coach of their newly-formed women’s team, the club has revealed. Having finally announced the creation of a women’s team this year, having disbanded it initially back in 2003, Stoney’s appointment and the status that she holds within the English game makes this an exciting appointment. Stoney was coaching England alongside current Lionesses manager Phil Neville up until this news, and revealed that the former United player encouraged her to pursue the role.
Speaking to Manutd.com, Stoney revealed her excitement at taking the role:”I am delighted to have joined Manchester United. This the biggest club in the world. The fact that we are going to have a women’s team and I’m going to be able to introduce that from scratch, to build a team, build a philosophy, with the biggest club in the world, means that, for me, there is no more exciting opportunity.”
“My ultimate aim is to grow this team so that every little girl growing up dreams of playing for Manchester United when she’s older, because they’re the most successful team in women’s football.”
Stoney also added: “I truly believe that Manchester United has the ability to change the face of women’s football forever.”
“Appointing Casey shows the desire we have to succeed and her experience and knowledge of the game, both as a coach and as a player, made her a stand-out candidate for the role,” said United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.
“During her successful playing career, spanning over 18 years, she earned over 100 caps for England and is a proven leader as a coach and having captained many of the sides she has played for, she brings a positive and winning mentality which will be a huge benefit to the team.
Stoney will take charge and begin to build a team that will compete in the 2018/19 FA Women’s Championship, the second tier of women’s football in England.