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How Phil Neville used Whatsapp and dinner table dress codes to lead Lionesses revolution

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How Phil Neville used Whatsapp and dinner table dress codes to lead Lionesses revolution

By Alec Fenn

Phil Neville has used Whatsapp and dinner table dress codes to help develop his England team into world beaters.

The Lionesses manager took charge in January 2018 and personal and professional development of his players has been a cornerstone of his philosophy.

Phil Neville's England Lionesses team
Phil Neville's England Lionesses team

One of his first moves upon taking the job was to create a team WhatsApp group so he and his staff could not only give their players regular feedback but also develop camaraderie between the squad.

"It's a great tool," Millie Bright tells SPORTbible. "All the staff are on there so if we need quick info for a drill or a weights session then we can get it. It's been really useful in ensuring we're all on the same page."

He then went one step further by setting up 30 individual chats so he could speak to each player every day of the week.

Manchester City's Ellen White explains. "He messages us after club games to tell us what we did right and wrong but he also wants to know what we're up to at home and how our families are. To know your manager is thinking of you between camps means a lot."

CLICK HERE to read more about Phil Neville's philosophy and the inside story of the Lionesses.

Topics: Phil Neville, Women's World Cup

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