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Phil Neville apologises for tweets at England unveiling

By Adam Shergold for MailOnline and Dominic King for MailOnline

Published: 08:15 EST, 29 January 2018 | Updated: 08:16 EST, 29 January 2018

Phil Neville has apologised once again for the sexist tweets that have overshadowed his appointment as the England Women's team head coach.

Neville deleted his Twitter account after posts were unearthed from 2011 and 2012, including one in which Neville declared he had 'just battered the wife.'

Another, from January 2012, read: 'When I said morning men I thought the women would of [sic] been busy preparing breakfast/getting kids ready/making the beds - sorry women!'

Phil Neville has again apologised for sexist tweets posted seven years ago as he was officially unveiled as the new England Women's team coach at St George's Park
Phil Neville has again apologised for sexist tweets posted seven years ago as he was officially unveiled as the new England Women's team coach at St George's Park

Phil Neville has again apologised for sexist tweets posted seven years ago as he was officially unveiled as the new England Women's team coach at St George's Park

41-year-old Neville faced the media as he started in the England job on Monday
41-year-old Neville faced the media as he started in the England job on Monday

41-year-old Neville faced the media as he started in the England job on Monday

Neville has come in for heavy criticism after the offensive tweets surfaced this month
Neville has come in for heavy criticism after the offensive tweets surfaced this month

Neville has come in for heavy criticism after the offensive tweets surfaced this month

Speaking to the media at his unveiling as the new England coach on Monday, he said: 'I apologise strongly. I know the words I used were totally wrong.

'I had to apologise because I looked at the words I used and I didn't like them myself. They are not a reflection of my true character and they do not reflect the way that I was brought up by my parents.

'They do not sit well with me but I can explain it. In isolation it was around a game of sport - table tennis, basketball while I was away on a family holiday.

'But it was inappropriate then, in the same way it was in appropriate now. But I think my character stands up to any accusation that is levelled at me.

'I have lived my life right. I have got a wife, a daughter, a sister who is England's Netball coach. I have seen the sacrifices she has made, getting up at 4am, 5am.

'I looked at the words I used. My father isn't with me now but he would have been the first person to tell me that it was wrong. I want to be judged on performances.'

Neville, 41, received a warning from the Football Association over his conduct but will take on the England job and has already set his sights on winning the World Cup.

He said: 'I want to develop into a World Cup winner. I want to win an Olympic gold medal. Any job after being England manager is a step down.

'I am qualified because I have the ultimate certificate. I am driven, I am going excited about the challenge. I have worked and played at elite level.

'I know women's football. Do I know everything about women's football? No. I'm a fast learner. I will throw everything into making this a success.

'I told them it was about winning now. It was one of the proudest moments of my career.'

 

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