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Neville downplays talks to become USWNT boss

Phil Neville downplays talks to replace Jill Ellis as new USWNT boss

September 3, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The former Manchester United defender has been hailed as the top choice to take over the reins.

Phil Neville has labeled links to the US women's national team managerial job as "flattering" but has debunked claims that he is set to replace the departed Jill Ellis. The head coach of England women's national team insists that his focus is on getting the best out of his Lionesses side ahead of the Olympic Games.

Neville, 42, has reportedly emerged as the No.1 candidate to occupy the seat vacated by Ellis who led the North Americans to a back-to-back World Cup win in France this summer. The former himself made waves by leading England to a second runners-up finish after falling to the the USWNT in the semis.

Having been queried on the subject of potentially switching side in the coming week, Neville - whose ladies were defeated in Tuesday's friendly against Norway - opined that his heart is currently not set on a move away.

"There's been no approach," he told BBC Sport.

"My focus is on winning us a gold medal in the Olympics.

"It's flattering because it means you're doing a good job. My focus is England. I love this job.

"We've got a big job to do, you can see over the last two games that the work is still in progress, and we've still got a way to go."

Neville has a contract with the English FA to be the head coach of the Lioness until 2021. 

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