After the seven months of the shocking appointment of Phil Neville as the England women squad coach, it is the first major examination of Nerville this evening, in Newport. In Newport, the England team is meeting Wales in the decisive qualifier for Women’s World Cup taking place next year.
For Wales, Jayne Ludlow, who is their manager, will represent the chance to make history. The team is ranked 29th worldwide and have never qualified for any major match in the women’s tournament. Ludlow on the other hand says that their goalless draw in April at Southampton probably the finest result in the team history”. That was first competitive game of Neville and he said: The game was excellent and it does look like a defeat for him.
The real defeat would raise questions on the decisions of the Football Association to make a man in-charge of the team who has no background in the women’s game, who has minimal management experience, the man who has not applied for the job. The victory in the game would set Neville for a tilt at a World Cup as in this tournament; the England would be among the favorites. Even the draw in the match would also do the same, though in this situation England squad will have to take a point in Kazakhstan from their final fixture on Tuesday.
This is a kind of formality, but the Football Association is taking no risks and booking a charter flight to cover the journey of 3,700-mile to Pavlodar.