Wiegman hints at quitting Lionesses after being tipped to take England men’s job

England suffer Women’s World Cup final heartache against Spain

Sarina Wiegman has hinted that she won’t be in charge of England’s Lionesses when the next Women’s World Cup arrives, with speculation around her future brewing. The 53-year-old has been heavily linked with taking the reins of the men’s squad when Gareth Southgate departs.

Wiegman was unable to guide the Lionesses to their first World Cup success on Sunday after a 1-0 loss to Spain in the final. Olga Carmona scored the all-important goal in Australia, drilling a fine strike past Mary Earps after Lucy Bronze was dispossessed in midfield.

England had their fair share of chances, with Spain also having the opportunity to put the game to bed too. Earps kept out Jenni Hermoso’s penalty in the 70th minute but England ultimately lost. Yet there is plenty of promise to take away from the tournament for Wiegman.

However, the Dutch boss was reluctant to commit to being at the helm when the next World Cup comes around. Asked on Sunday whether she will still be England’s manager in 2027, the host country of which has yet to be decided, Wiegman said: “Four years is a long time.

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“We have a very short turnaround but we’ll start in September with Scotland and the Netherlands in the Nations League to qualify for the Olympics. You want to improve all the time.

“That’s what I see, this group of players are so eager to be successful so every next moment we want to grab and be better. Growth is one of the things that this team really wants to do.”

Wiegman has been tipped to be among the candidates that the FA would consider as the England men’s national team if Southgate departs, with the ex-Netherlands boss also among those to have been linked with becoming the USA women’s manager as well.

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However, given the relationship that the manager has with her squad, one would assume that it would be difficult to move on after such an impressive tournament.

Speaking earlier this week, Wiegman said: “I’m really enjoying my job. I have the impression that people still like me doing the job. I have no plans to leave. I’m staying out of [speculation regarding the USA job]. I’ve heard it.

“I’m with England, I’m really happy with England and I have a contract until 2025.” However, it remains to be seen whether the FA push to gain further security by extending her contract to secure her services for the 2027 tournament.

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