Kick It Out CEO Roisin Wood statement on appointment of Phil Neville as England Women's Head Coach
Following the appointment of Phil Neville as the Head Coach of the England Women’s Senior Team, Roisin Wood, CEO of Kick It Out, has made the following statement.
Roisin Wood, CEO of Kick It Out, said:
“The appointment of Phil Neville as Head Coach of the England Women’s Senior Team ultimately raises more questions than answers for The Football Association.
“Kick It Out have serious concerns over a recruitment process that has resulted in the appointment of someone with no record of management or experience in women’s football, and are making representations to The FA to ensure the governing body is transparent and accountable for their decision.
“Following on from the announcement, Kick It Out was also made aware of alleged historical social media posts from Neville, which appear to show him making misogynistic and sexist comments. These have since been passed on to The FA.
“In light of recent action taken in response to historical social media comments made by current football participants, the question must now be asked – will The FA be charging Neville for posting discriminatory comments on social media?
“Kick It Out has supported the recent steps The FA has undertaken to ensure that going forward, the governing body’s equality and diversity practices will be up to standard and will help football reflect the multicultural society in which we live.
“However, we believe that if The FA wants to recover the confidence of the public, it must ensure that the concerns surrounding Phil Neville’s appointment are comprehensively addressed.”