Bev Priestman, former assistant to Phil Neville with England, appointed head coach of Canada women

Fiona Tomas
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Bev Priestman - Bev Priestman, former assistant to Phil Neville with England, appointed head coach of Canada women - GETTY IMAGES
Bev Priestman - Bev Priestman, former assistant to Phil Neville with England, appointed head coach of Canada women - GETTY IMAGES

Bev Priestman, the former England assistant manager who helped guide the team to last year’s World Cup semi-final, has been appointed as the head coach of Canada women. 

Priestman is well known to Canadian football having assisted the national side at the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where Canada won bronze.

The 34-year-old was unveiled as the head coach of England women’s under-18’s side last month following a restructuring of key women's coaching roles at the Football Association. She will now leave that position to begin her new role with Canada on November 1.

Speaking about her new role, Priestman said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at The FA, particularly working closely with Phil Neville and the senior squad during an exciting two years which saw us reach the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup.

"I have some really special memories from that two-year journey and I’d like to thank Phil, the staff and the players for that. Furthermore, I have thoroughly enjoyed my recent work with the Women’s under-18s staff and players in preparation for the Fifa under-17s Women’s World Cup.

“When the opportunity to lead Canada Women was on the table, I knew immediately it was something I had to do.

"To have the chance to return and work with some great people and lead a senior national team into two Olympic Games and the Fifa Women’s World Cup in 2023 fulfils so many of my professional goals.

“I’d like to thank The FA for their unwavering support and understanding. It was clear from my very first conversation with Sue Campbell that she places huge value in supporting female coaches to succeed at the very top of the game."

Sue Campbell, the FA’s director of women’s football, said taking the reins of the Canadian national team was the “perfect and professional fit” for Priestman. 

Campbell added: “Whilst it is always sad to lose such a talented coach, it is testament to her abilities and experience in the women’s game that she has secured such a significant national role.

“We thank Bev for her hard work and commitment to our England teams over the last three years and wish her and her family the very best for the next stage of their journey.”