Phil Neville is the greatest manager in international football. Perhaps you haven't heard. The coach of the England's women's team provided perhaps the least modest interview ever conducted by a mediocre football manager ahead of England's friendly with Norway this week.
Get ready for your jaw to drop.
"The risks we took in terms of [squad] rotations — I don’t see many managers in world football doing that in the women’s game."
I don’t see many managers in the women’s game playing the kind of short corners we play, taking the risks we take in terms of expansiveness.
“I was brave enough to make those decisions because I trusted the players and they trusted me.
“I have a vision that nobody else has. I’ve got bravery that no other coach has probably ever had.”
Neville and his waistcoat famously managed England to a third place showing in the women's World Cup this summer. He continued:
“I’m lucky that I’ve got great players, but they’re lucky that they’ve got a coach that believes in them, that gives them the platform to enjoy their football.”
The 'lucky' England ladies football team lost 2-1 to Norway last night in a friendly in Bergen.