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Name Casey Stoney
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Club as Coach Manchester United Women [Head Coach]
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2020 04 15 Retrieve

[Casey Stoney has called for a unified approach to save the women’s game during the Covid-19 shutdown] I’d be naive if I said I wasn’t concerned that some teams won’t survive this. We don’t have the finances or resources and this is having a massive impact on the economy, not just the women’s game. When I was at Charlton when times got hard financially, when the club got relegated the first thing to go was the women’s team, so of course the pandemic could have an impact, I pray it doesn’t but, unfortunately I think it could have a huge impact on the women’s game. There needs to be a unified approach, the clubs, the PFA [Professional Footballers’ Association], the FA because if big clubs are struggling you can only imagine how that’s affecting teams lower down the pyramid. A unified approach to help is what’s needed.

I cannot speak highly enough of the club and the way they have dealt with this. We have a senior leadership meeting every week and the information from the top down through me there’s never been a mention of furloughing and the support has been incredible. They have led the way and shown their class throughout it. I’ve had messages from [executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward checking in and making sure I’m okay with the family and stuff. Things like that go a long way

2020 04 17 Retrieve

[Casey Stoney: Life in lockdown as Manchester United manager] I need to realise not to give myself a hard time. I’m trying to parent, home-school and work at the same time. It’s pretty impossible so, I’m trying to do what I can and make sure the kids have a positive experience and come out of it knowing they had a good time at home with mum

My day starts around 6am before the kids get up and then I’ll carry on with work after they’ve gone to bed at 8pm. I’m a control freak at work and I can’t be at the moment, so I’ve had to learn to delegate to my staff and they’ve been incredible. It’s taught me how adaptable I am as well and that’s pleasing

[Weekly cooking tasks, which Juan Mata judged last week, wellbeing tasks and competitions on a Sunday help to keep everyone sane and on task] It’s not a quiet time. We are doing really well to try and get to know each other on a deeper level so that when we come back, we can be more connected

Mentally it’s tough because it’s the uncertainty of not knowing when we will come back. But, what we’ve tried to do is be as transparent as possible. It’s important. They’re training and putting the hard work in so it’s important they have all the information that’s available to them. The biggest thing is self-discipline and motivation and I’m proud of how they’ve adapted and stuck to the programme

I don’t think we will have the luxury of a mini pre-season. What we have asked for is for a 14-day build-up period on grass to build back up, because we want to minimise soft tissue injury coming back. We’re going to have to play three games a week and what we have also asked is that in that first week we don’t play three, so we can get the players used to playing again

I think we have a strong enough squad to deal with the programme when it hopefully returns, we will just have to keep a very close eye on it in terms of their loading and where we’re at. If we get those injured players back it’s less load to the squad

I think we would have to be happy. If someone said you finish fourth in your first season in WSL you would have taken it. We set our standards very high so we’re still disappointed with some performances this year, but we’re also pleased with some performances. It’s our first year, I need to be patient more than anything and realise we are still growing, but, finishing fourth in year one would be a good achievement

2020 04 22 Retrieve

[Manchester United sticking to their promise of fully integrating women’s team even during lockdown] The reason I took this job is because they told me they don’t do anything unless they can do it properly and already they have fully integrated the team within the club and I have been at a lot of clubs where that hasn’t happened

2020 05 08 Retrieve

[Women’s football’s ‘existential crisis’ isn’t now] When I was at Charlton, when times got hard financially, when the club got relegated, the first thing to go was the women’s team. So of course, the pandemic could have an impact. I pray it doesn’t but, unfortunately I think it could have a huge impact on the women’s game

2020 05 25 Retrieve

[Manchester United Women’s manager Casey Stoney said the decision to cancel the season was disappointing, but the correct call] Our focus now moves to our development for next season, which we have been continuously planning for throughout the year, and we can’t wait to be back on the pitch again when it is safe to do so. I’m so proud of how hard my players and staff have worked throughout the season and how they have adapted to the last 10 weeks of training away from the club, their determination and drive has been incredible to witness. We’ve enjoyed our first season in this league, exceeding expectations whilst staying true to our values, but we still have big ambitions for how we want to move forward as a club. I’d also like to thank the fans for their incredible support this season and for sticking by us through these uncertain times. We can’t wait to see you again, whenever that may be, but for now, stay safe and continue looking out for each other

2020 06 11 Retrieve

[Scotland forward Lizzie Arnot will leave Manchester United Women when her contract with the club expires later this month] I would like to personally thank Lizzie, another United history-maker who also scored our first ever competitive goal nearly two years ago. She is a fantastic character and a real hard worker who contributed so much to the group; I wish her the best of luck in her career

2020 07 09 Retrieve

[Lucy Staniforth wants to ‘make history’ at Manchester United] I’m thrilled to have Lucy join United; she is a fantastic player who will add great depth to the strong midfield department we have built at the club. Lucy has so much experience in the women’s game, having made her senior debut at 16 years old, and I know she can utilise that experience for us both on and off the pitch. We’re really looking forward to working with her ahead of the new season

2020 07 15 Retrieve

[Siobhan Chamberlain leaves Manchester United by mutual consent] I want to thank Siobhan for her time with us. Aside from her obvious goalkeeping abilities she has been an incredible leader and role model within the team, and a fantastic mentor to the talented young goalkeepers we have at United. On a personal level, I have played with Siobhan for a number of years at various clubs and also with the national team. We’ve shared so many experiences together and I consider her a friend. As a head coach it’s my job to evolve the squad each year and after discussions with Siobhan on our plan to give our younger goalkeepers more first-team experience, it was agreed by both parties that now was the right time for Siobhan to move on and pursue her career elsewhere. On behalf of everyone at the club, I wish her the best of luck for the future

2020 07 17 Retrieve

[Martha Harris commits to Manchester United for another season] Martha is a fantastic player who has been an important figure in our back line over the last couple of years. She is another hard working and competitive player who also brings great enthusiasm and character to the dressing room. I’m pleased she has committed to the club and I’m looking forward to developing her further throughout the next season