Manchester United Women manager Casey Stoney is resigning from her post. The Guardian understands that players were notified about an hour before the announcement and it took them completely by surprise.
Stoney received the job in 2018 when a senior United team was formed, won promotion to the Women’s Super League on the first attempt and led the club to fourth place this season after appearing to be eligible for the title.
It is understood that tensions off the pitch have been escalating for some time and that the training facilities were part of it. Training has been moved from Leigh Sports Village to Carrington in recent weeks after concerns were raised about injuries, but Stoney’s team have had to adjust to the men’s schedule there, which she still hoped to avoid. It’s unclear where training will take place next season. United said in 2018 they would improve the facilities for the women’s team at The Cliff, the men’s team’s former training ground, but that has not happened.
“It has been an honor to lead the women’s team at this great club and it has been an incredibly difficult decision,” said Stoney. “I loved leading this group and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together. However, after a difficult season with disruption caused by the pandemic, I now think the time has come to take some time and have someone else come and lead the team on the next leg of their journey.
Stoney will step down after United’s last game of the season against Leicester in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday.