The Football Association have this afternoon announced the appointment of Sarina Wiegman as the new head coach of the England national team with effect from September 2021.
The 50-year-old is currently the Dutch national boss and she will remain in her current role until after the Olympic Games next summer.
Wiegman will take over from current Lionesses boss Phil Neville who is in the final year of his contract with The Football Association. The former Ter Leede, ADO Den Haag and Jong Sparta Rotterdam coach has agreed a four-year contract which will hopefully see her lead England into three major tournaments, those being the UEFA Women’s EUROs in 2022 and 2025 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia/New Zealand 2023.
After enjoying two spells as interim head coach for The Netherlands, Wiegman became the nation’s permanent boss in January 2017. She guided The Orange Lionesses to UEFA Women’s EURO glory on home soil just six months into her role, a feat which later resulted in her being knighted and named ‘The Best FIFA Women’s Coach’ for that calendar year. Wiegman’s achievements continued as she helped the Dutch to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 final where they were defeated by the United States.
With England hosting the next UEFA Women’s EURO in 2022, Wiegman’s first target is to prepare the squad for that tournament with the aim of recording the unique personal feat of winning back-to-back tournaments as the head coach of the host nation. Like The Netherlands in 2017, Wiegman would be looking to guide her side to glory in the tournament for the very first time in their history.