Women's Football

Casey Stoney resigns as Manchester United manager

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
May 12, 2021, 4:07 PM GMT+1
United will now begin looking for her replacement
United will now begin looking for her replacement / Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Manchester United Women have confirmed that manager Casey Stoney has resigned from her position.

The England legend took over when United reformed in 2018, steering them to promotion to the Women's Super League in her maiden season. Since then she has led her side to back-to-back fourth place finishes, finishing just one point behind Arsenal this term to narrowly miss out on Champions League qualification.

Explaining her decision on the club's official website, Stoney said: "It has been an honour to lead the women’s team at this great club and this has been an incredibly tough decision. Having come on board to start the team from scratch, then winning the Women’s Championship in our first season, we have now successfully established the team as a force in the Women’s Super League.

"I have loved leading this group and I am proud of what we have achieved together. However, after a difficult season with disruption caused by the pandemic, I now feel the time is right to take some time away and for someone else to come in and lead the team on the next stage of its journey.

"I want to thank the club, all of the fantastic staff, the fans, and most of all the players, for the incredible experience we have shared over the past three years."

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who will also leave the club at the end of the year, added: "Casey has been a driving force behind the success of our Women’s team since she joined the club in 2018.

"She has been an inspiration to her players and staff, to everyone at the club, and to the fans. Everyone at Manchester United thanks her for her unstinting hard work and dedication and pays tribute to her achievements. She will always be part of the Manchester United family."

Casey Stoney
Stoney has done well since taking the reigns / Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images

In addition to Stoney's statement, the Telegraph report that her departure stems from an unhappiness throughout the season with training conditions, also adding that she's been attracting interest from clubs in the NWSL and all over the world.

It's expected that she will join a new club this summer, while United have reassured fans that the process of recruiting Stoney's replacement has already begun.