England women’s head coach Phil Neville has denied that he is sexist, stressing that he has huge respect for women.
Last week he apologised for past tweets about women, a day after his appointment.
In his first media appearance after being appointed, he said; “I had to apologise – I didn’t like the words used. I’m not a sexist. I’ve lived my life right.”
The appointment has been criticised because of Neville’s lack of coaching and women’s football experience but he denied the job was a “stepping stone”.
“I’m England manager. Any job after this will be a step down not up,” Neville, 41, told BBC sports editor Dan Roan.
The former defender has only ever managed one game – at Salford City, a team he co-owns – but has coached former club Manchester United, England Under-21s and Spanish side Valencia.
“I’m qualified for the job, I have a coaching Pro Licence. It’s to work in all aspects of football.
“I’ve worked at elite level. I’ve worked abroad. Some of the players are world class. I’m best qualified for this job.”
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