02 Aug 2022


The League Managers Association congratulates England Manager Sarina Wiegman, her coaching staff and her players, on winning the UEFA European Championships for the first time in England's history.

In recognition of this outstanding victory, LMA Chairman and former Technical Director of The FA Howard Wilkinson said: “England’s win is truly momentous for football and I’d like to send my personal congratulations to Sarina, to everyone involved in coaching such a talented group of individuals and, of course, to the entire team for what they have achieved over the past month.

“This victory is even more exceptional when you consider that only 24 years have passed since Hope Powell was appointed as the first-ever full-time national manager of the England women’s team, in 1998.

“The game has benefitted from the knowledge and talent of some very committed people since that time and this triumph is a perfect demonstration of what you can achieve if you put the right people in place and provide them with the support they need to achieve greatness.”

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan OBE added: “The success of this remarkable England squad is the culmination of a huge amount of work, on and off the pitch, by many coaches and clubs throughout the English women's football pyramid.

"Sarina has nurtured this highly talented squad of English players and developed a culture and environment which allows the team to maximise its potential. She has demonstrated strong and empathetic leadership through innovation, integrity and tactical expertise, and the performances at this tournament have united the nation.

"With the National Football Centre at St. George's Park providing a central hub for coach education, player development and elite performance, Sarina and her team have in place the foundations to build a legacy that will continue to positively impact women's football for years to come.

"We echo the nation's appreciation and pride in England's achievements and we wish Sarina and her team a well-deserved break ahead of continuing the FIFA World Cup 2023 qualifying campaign."