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Manchester United announce Casey Stoney as their new women’s team head coach

Manchester United have announced Casey Stoney as the head coach of the new United Women’s team which will play their first match at the start of the 2018/19 season as part of the FA Women’s Championship. Stoney, 36, is highly respected in the world of women’s football, after having earned 130 caps for the England women’s team, winning 12 major honours during her playing career. Stoney retired from football earlier in 2018 and after earning her coaching badges, she played a pivotal role as assistant coach for the Lionesses.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward announced the appointment of Stoney as the head coach of the Manchester United Women’s team, speaking to the official Manchester United website, saying:

“Appointing Casey shows the desire we have to succeed and her experience and knowledge of the game, both as a coach and 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 out philosophy of creating a pathway from academy to first team. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome her to Manchester United.”

Stoney, speaking about her new appointment to the official Manchester United website, said:

“I am delighted to have joined Manchester United. This is the biggest club in the world. The fact that we are going to have women’s team and I’m going to be able to introduce that from scratch, to build a team, build a philosophy, with the biggest club in the world, means that, for me, there is no more exciting opportunity.

“My ultimate aim is to grow this team so that every little girl growing up dreams of playing for Manchester United when she’s older, because they’re the most successful team in women’s football.”

It shows that Stoney has the aspirations to achieve something, even if it means nurturing something from the very start. United, have so far not assembled a team capable of playing in the FA Women’s Championship next season, so Stoney’s job will start right now. Whether United use youth players available to them from the Girls’ Regional Talent Club or bring in players who have achieved things across women’s world football, remains to be seen. United will obviously want to give Stoney and her team a kick-start to their careers.

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