Manchester United are set to announce England assistant manager Casey Stoney as the manager of their new women’s team.
The club announced on March 21 that they had applied to have a professional side in the second tier of women’s English football throughout the 2018-19 season after being one of the only top teams without one for years.
Stoney called time on her well-respected playing career in February to become Phil Neville’s assistant manager for England as part of The FA’s new player-to-coach scheme.
As a professional, she won 130 caps for the England national team and led out the Great Britain team at the London 2012 Olympics, and played for a range of clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Man United CEO Ed Woodward has previously suggested that the move would be too financially difficult to make happen, while neighbours Manchester City have been making groundbreaking moves with their women’s team.
A restructuring of the Women’s Super League, the top division in women’s English football, is scheduled to be announced on Sunday and United are heavily expected to receive approval on the day.
Phil Neville’s sister, Tracy, has already given Stoney her support on Twitter, and it’s likely many others will follow suit.
The team will be based at the Cliff training ground in Salford and could be the start of something brilliant for the fans and everyone involved with United.