Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out said Neville's appointment "raises more questions than answers" and questioned whether he should be charged by the FA for posting discriminatory comments on social media. But then we come to Neville's coaching CV, which features, in order of prominence: a role in the most disastrous Manchester United season of recent times, a role in one of the most disastrous Valencia half-seasons of recent times, and a 2-1 win for Salford over Kendal Town, for which Neville took caretaker charge with Paul Scholes.
The recruitment process has been condemned following reports that Neville originally became a candidate for the position after a broadcaster jokingly mentioned his name in a conversation with FA chiefs at a Christmas party.we stress that these are unconfirmed reports.
Neville's tweet from 2012 was criticised by his followers.
But there were questions about the appointment before the old tweets emerged, and Vicki doesn't think it's a good one for the Lionesses.
The caption read: 'Extremely proud and honoured to be the head coach of the and I'm unbelievably excited about the challenges ahead!'
In another in 2012, Neville - asked why women would not be watching cricket on television - responded by saying he thought they would be "busy preparing breakfast/getting kids ready/making beds".
"Everyone knows how emotional people get about the men's game, but this has really shown how passionate people are that the women's team deserve the right coach, man or woman, to lead them to future success".
The Football Association told Sky Sports News they were aware of Neville's tweets before making the appointment.
Phil Neville has not lacked experience working in the back room in the men's game as previously noted.
"This squad's on the verge of something special and I believe I can lead them to the next level", said Neville.
I listened to an interview with England's national netball team coach Tracey Neville.
The England manager will not be charged, he added.
England's women's national team has performed better than the country's hugely popular but perpetually disappointing men's team, reaching the World Cup semifinals in 2015 and now sitting at No. 3 in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings behind the United States and Germany.
It had been well documented that numerous candidates the FA could have preferred to appoint who have a background in women's soccer had pulled themselves out of consideration.
Neville succeeds Mark Sampson, the women's manager who was sacked in September 2017 for "unacceptable behaviour" relating to FA investigations into racist behaviour.
The Lionesses are now ranked third in the world and are considered one of the favourites for the 2019 World Cup in France.
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