In an interview with Sky Sports, England Women’s head coach Phil Neville says the wording in his historical tweets “was wrong”.
The appointment of Neville, who had previously never held a senior managerial role, has been met with criticism for both his lack of experience and for historical tweets sent from his account six years ago.
One tweet 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!”
Speaking with Sky Sports on Monday, Neville said: “The words that I used in 2011 and 2012 were not good as an Everton captain, as a Premier League player, as a father, and they’re not right now.
“I think people who know me, that have been around my company, that are part of my family, that have watched me for 41 years, know that it is not a true reflection of my character, and the way that I was brought up by my parents.
“And I apologise whole-heartedly for the words that I used, and that’s why I issued the apology last Wednesday. They’re not right today, and they weren’t right back then.”
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