8 June 2018
Casey Stoney - newly appointed as Head Coach of Manchester United
Manchester United have appointed former England captain Casey Stoney MBE as Head Coach of their newly formed women's team.
Casey, 36, won 130 caps and led the Great Britain team at the London 2012 Olympics during a playing career that took in Lincoln, Arsenal and Liverpool. Since retiring earlier this season she has been working as part of Phil Neville's backroom staff for England.
United have been awarded a licence to join next season's Women's Championship, after a 13-year absence from the senior women's game and Caey is relishing the opportunity to get cracking in her new role.
"This the biggest club in the world," said Casey.
"The fact we are going to have a 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.
"I truly believe Manchester United has the ability to change the face of women's football forever."
Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward added: “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."
United will face the likes of Millwall Lionesses, Doncaster Belles, Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic when the new campaign kicks off in September.
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