New England Women boss Sarina Wiegman says she will remain based in Holland ‘for now’ as she insists Lionesses CAN win 2023 World Cup
- Sarina Wiegman became the first foreign England Women manager on August 14
- The Dutch coach says she will split her time between Holland and England at first
- Wiegman is inspired by Louis van Gaal and feels England can win the World Cup
- The tournament is set to take place across Australia and New Zealand in 2023
New England women’s manager Sarina Wiegman has said she will continue to spend half her time in Holland after taking over the job from Phil Neville next September.
Wiegman, the national team’s first foreign manager, said that a capacity to do the job well mattered more than where she was based but declared she would assess whether commuting between the two countries worked.
The 50-year-old said: ‘In the first time we will be in England for the half the time and travel back and forth and then we will figure out can that work. Can you bring the quality you need to bring? We will evaluate that but my family stays here [in Holland] at the moment. At least [to start with.]’
New England Women coach Sarina Wiegman led her native Holland to victory in the 2017 Euros
In her first press conference since her appointment was announced last week, Wiegman insisted that it was possible to beat the world champions United States by the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, despite the women’s game being far wealthier and more deeply embedded in the US.
‘I think [you can],’ said Wiegman, who will continue to manage the Dutch side through to next summer’s Olympics.
‘Of course, the history of the US is very great but other countries can beat them.
In her first press call since her appointment, Wiegman revealed she will commute from Holland
‘But it’s one game. In Europe, the game is improving so much. We are getting closer and closer. The US know that too.’
Wiegman, who cited Louis van Gaal among coaches who have influenced her, said she had been set performance targets by the FA but did not think that she could be only judged on whether England win a tournament.
‘You cannot say ahead, “We are going to win this.” If you play the best you can play, it’s OK. It could be [you reach] a final you win. Buy you could lose, also.’
The highly-rated current Holland manager will begin her role as England Women’s boss in 2021
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