LONDON: Norway’s Hege Riise is poised to be appointed to take over as interim coach of the England’s women’s team after Phil Neville’s departure for Inter Miami.
Riise will be joined by another coach at the Lionesses training camp in February.
A decision on who leads further camps will then be made before Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman takes over permanently in September.
Riise won 188 Norway caps and waas considered one of the best players of her generation. The midfielder won the 1993 European Championship, the World Cup in 1995 and Olympic gold in 2000.
After retiring, Riise moved into club management in Norway and also coached the country’s under-23 side before spending three years as United States assistant manager from 2009.
She then joined Norwegian club LSK Kvinner in 2012 – becoming head coach in 2017 – as they won six successive titles between 2014 and 2019, while also reaching the 2018-19 Champions League quarter-finals.
Riise was one of seven nominees for the FIFA Best women’s coach award for 2020 which was won by Wiesman.
The 51-year-old could also be an option for the Great Britain coaching role at the delayed Tokyo Olympics this summer, with the Football Association still to make that decision.
Neville stepped down on Tuesday after three years in the role and has taken over at David Beckham’s Major League Soccer side Inter Miami.
England have not played since March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic and have no confirmed fixtures.