Poisoned Chalice

I’ve written before about the state of the England woman’s football association, which is less known for any on-field success than the various parliamentary inquiries, investigations, grievances, and internal reviews related to a certain Nigerian-born lawyer who is doing a good job of shaking the organisation down. All the fuss concerned the previous manager Mark Sampson, who supposedly engaged in racial discrimination against Chelsea and England striker Eniola Aluko. He got the boot, and yesterday ex-Manchester United and Everton defender Phil Neville was appointed to the role. Predictably, within hours:

Phil Neville’s appointment as head coach of the England women’s football team has been overshadowed by allegations of sexism.

Shortly after the former Manchester United and England footballer was named as the Lionesses’ new boss, Twitter users began to share controversial tweets that the star wrote six years ago.

Controversial? So what did he do? Downplay FGM? Sing the virtues of Sharia law? Condone wife-beating? Not quite:

In 2012, he had posted: “Morning men couple of hours cricket be4 work sets me up nicely for the day.”

Asked why he only referred to men in his post, he replied: “When I said morning men I thought the women would of been busy preparing breakfast/getting kids ready/making the beds-sorry morning women!”

Sorry, but my pearls remain unclutched.

The 41-year-old deleted the posts and took down his Twitter account as criticism grew.

He’d have been better off tweeting “Fuck this for a game of soldiers!”, resigning on the spot, and doing something else in a field which contains the occasional adult. It’s not like he needs the money.

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7 thoughts on “Poisoned Chalice

  1. At least they didn’t appoint Ryan Giggs. It remains to be seen whether Giggsy bothers to turn up for any Wales friendlies.

  2. I have attended women’s football matches as a paying customer, watched it on telly quite happily and encouraged a friend of mine’s daughter to play football (hardly surprising as when I demonstrated to her how to control the ball under pressure she took it off me like I was useless at it) but…

    Every time I see something like Sampson and Neville being blamed for stuff that wouldn’t in sane company raise an eyebrow or even draw the merest response I can’t help wondering if perhaps it is all too much for too many people.

    It is possible that women don’t need men to help their footballing skills, but perhaps then they would in their haste to make it an exclusive club and creating ‘safe spaces’ prefer that no men watch or support it, too. That way there can not be the slightest hint of something so terrible as a man making a vaguely sexist comment. But then I heard a female player call another player an unpleasant name so perhaps their game isn’t all sweetness and light anyway.

  3. I’m not sure the problem in this case is women’s football per se but, as Rod Liddle identified, the 200k lefty, permanently offended, arseholes on twatter and their ongoing success in driving the agenda because neither the government nor business nor prominent individuals tell them to go and fuck themselves into a cocked hat.

  4. @Rob – I saw this morning some of them describe Venezuela as “neoliberal” and that’s why it failed, but it was going fine while it was socialist.

    They’re not living on the same planet as the rest of us.

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