Former striker Eniola Aluko has stated that England coach Phil Neville should be replaced with Jill Ellis, who helped the United States to win The Women’s World Cup titles many times as she reckons Ellis an ideal alternate for Neville.
Aluko also told that Ellis has that potential to bring successes to the team as England women’s head coach Neville will be departing from her role in July 2021.
“The England women’s team now are at that point where they’re getting to semi-finals and now need to be getting to a final and winning it, winning World Cups, winning European Championships,” said Aluko.
“I think she has that pedigree, she has that experience, she’s worked with some of the best footballers, elite athletes, in the world,” she added.
Before taking on an ambassadorial role with U.S. Soccer, Ellis, helped England to direct the United States to World Cup titles in 2015 and 2019.
Aluko asserted that the only difficulty she sees whether England’s FA would consent to satisfy her wage demands particularly when the U.S. women’s soccer team taking legal action for equal pay.
“The contract she’s probably going to command is going to be very, very high and it’s whether the FA are willing to invest that amount of money,” added Aluko, who won 102 caps and represented Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.
“I’m talking about commensurate to what (England men’s coach) Gareth Southgate’s paid. They’re coming from that equal-pay expectation, so I think the contractual issue will be a big one,” she added.