Manchester United have announced the appointment of Casey Stoney MBE as the first Manchester United Women’s head coach.
The FA approved of Man United’s application to launch a women’s team in March and they will now enter the second tier of the Women’s Super League next season.
Stoney achieved her coaching badges earlier this year after retiring from playing football to join Phil Neville’s England Ladies coaching staff.
The 36-year-old played for teams including Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool throughout her 19-year-long career and featured for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics.
She certainly knows what it takes to win and succeed at what she does, winning 12 major trophies as a player and earning 130 international caps for England.
Not only did Stoney act as captain for Team GB at London 2012, she captained every single team she featured in and astonishingly made her first senior appearance at the age of 12.
In 2015, she received an MBE for her contribution to football, which adds to the agenda of why she’s the perfect candidate to build a United side from scratch with the correct mentality and philosophy.
United CEO Ed Woodward has given his thoughts on the appointment of Stoney.
“Appointing Casey shows the desire we have to succeed and her experience and knowledge of the game, both as a coach and as a player, made her a stand-out candidate for the role.
“During her successful playing career, spanning over 18 years, she earned over 100 caps for England and is a proven leader as a coach and having captained many of the sides she has played for, she brings a positive and winning mentality which will be a huge benefit to the team.
“Casey will build on the success of the Girls’ Regional Talent Club and shares our philosophy of creating a pathway from academy to first team. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome her to Manchester United.”
Now the wait truly begins for the start of the 2018-19 campaign where fans will be able to cheer on not one, but two United teams.