Today should have been a good day for Phil Neville. The former Everton captain was today announced as the manager of the England Women's national team on a three year deal.
But alas, he is currently at the centre of a twitter shitstorm. After the appointment, due to the magic of the internet, people were quick to bring up a tweet from Nevill in 2012 where he made an ill-advised tweet.
Neville tweeted 'morning men' and followed it up with this tweet:
A tasteless joke, or genuine sexism... probably the former but in any case Neville has deleted his Twitter account in the wake of the online backlash:
Phil Neville deleted his Twitter account within an hour of being named the England women's coach because he made so many sexist tweets. Good start to his tenure. pic.twitter.com/X31XUK0NK6
— Ryan Rosenblatt (@RyanRosenblatt) January 23, 2018
This could be one of the biggest insults to female football coaches...
Do the FA not know that 93% of all international championships have been won by a female head coach & that 641 women in Europe are the same or more qualified than Phil Neville? https://t.co/qhs4jNynea pic.twitter.com/GBDGixPi7N
— Female Coaching Nwk (@FemaleCN) January 16, 2018
Sam Allardyce: No one will ever have a shorter England tenure than me
Phil Neville: Hold my beer pic.twitter.com/r6dP9gfcHW
— Conor Sisk (@CSisk6) January 23, 2018
Wow @fizzer18 has got previous with sexist tweets. Didn't see that coming... ? #Lionesses #FA
Suppose they'll struggle with stepovers because of their shoes as well Phil. ?♂️
— Paul Ellis (@Paul_Ellis147) January 23, 2018
Sexism 101 that.
— MsaeĐ مساعد? (@MrSudairy) January 23, 2018
Neville has previous with dodgy tweets, seemingly making light of domestic abuse with this effort in 2011:
You would wonder how Neville could think, that in this day and age that these attempts at humour are befitting of a professional football manager. It will be interesting to see how the FA deal with the situation and Neville could hardly have had a more inauspicious begin to his (short-lived?) reign. Big Sam is in serious danger of having his record broken...