Manchester United confirm they have appointed Casey Stoney as head coach of the Women’s team. United will be playing in the FA Women’s Championship next season after having their application accepted by the Football Association.
Stoney will take charge of a brand-new side after United disbanded the team in 2005, meaning she’ll help with player recruitment and will build a team in her image for next season.
As a player, Stoney enjoyed a career spanning two decades, playing for Arsenal, Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Lincoln and Liverpool, while racking up 130 caps for the England national team whom she also captained.
The defender has won two Premier League National Division titles (2000/01, 2001/02), four Premier League Cups (1999/00, (2000/01, 2003/04, 2005/06) and four FA Cups (2000/01, 2004/05, 2013/14, 2015/16).
As a coach, the 36-year-old completed her badges and retired from playing to join England as assistant to head coach Phil Neville earlier this year. Stoney’s had managerial experience before too, having been player/manager at Chelsea in 2009.
She’s a legend of the Women’s game and hopes to turn United into one of the most successful teams during her time in the North-West. “I am delighted to have joined Manchester United. This the biggest club in the world,” Stoney said.
“The fact that 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.
“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.”
Chief executive Ed Woodward was full of praise for Stoney, describing her as a “stand-out candidate” and tipping her to bring a winning mentality to the side.
He said: “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.
“Casey will build on the success of the Girls’ Regional Talent Club and shares our philosophy of creating a pathway from academy to first team. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome her to Manchester United.”