Phil Neville set to leave England role in 2021 as UEFA confirms Women's Euros pushed back to 2022

Phil Neville is set to leave his role as England Women's manager when his contract expires in 2021.

The news comes as UEFA confirmed the postponed UEFA Women's Euro 2021 will now be played in England in July 2022 - after Neville steps down.

The Football Association are set to make an announcement on his departure in the coming days.

The former Manchester United defender replaced Mark Sampson in the role in January 2018.

Neville led England to SheBelieves Cup glory in 2019 and fourth place at that year's World Cup.

Wembley Stadium advertising the Women's Euro 2021 tournament back in March. Credit: PA

He had been set to lead Team GB into the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer, before taking control of England at the Women's European Championship initially scheduled for 2021.

But the Olympics have already been put back a year due to the pandemic and now the EUROs too have been delayed a year.

Before the coronavirus pandemic led to a football shutdown, the Lionesses lost seven of their last 11 matches in all competitions leading to doubts about Neville's future.

Confirming the decision to delay the Women's Euros, the UEFA Executive Committee said the move "has full potential to further boost [the] growth of women's football".

Phil Neville talks to the players after the final whistle during the FIFA Women's World Cup Semi Final match at the Stade de Lyon. Credit: PA

In a statement released on Thursday, organisers confirmed they planned to use to same venues in England originally proposed to host the event.

Commenting on the rescheduling, UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said organisers had "carefully considered all options," adding:

"Our commitment to the growth of women's football [was] at the forefront of our thinking.

"By moving UEFA Women's Euro to the following year, we are ensuring that our flagship women’s competition will be the only major football tournament of the summer, providing it with the spotlight it deserves."

The men's competition has also been put back a year, UEFA announced last month.

Gary Neville, left, heavily implied his brother will leave his current job. Credit: PA

Gary Neville all but confirmed the news that his brother would leave the England post at the end of his contract - having spoken to him when reports emerged on Wednesday afternoon.

"He's got 14 months left on his contract and obviously the Olympics and the European Championships were within that period," he told Sky Sports.

"The problem is now obviously with coronavirus, those tournaments have been taken out of the period and international manager's contracts run to tournament ends.

"If the tournaments have gone, then you've got a real problem obviously in the sense that your just coaching friendlies. I think that's the situation that's developed.

"I think Phil was a little bit surprised that it had come out yesterday, but it's out and obviously in football nowadays you accept that journalists have got good contacts and people within organisations are going to speak.

"I would imagine they're going to obviously need to make a statement in the next couple of days to sort of put some clarity around it."