Having been in charge since the team was first founded, Casey Stoney will step down as Manchester United manager soon.
Stoney will resign at the end of the current season, as a press release on the official United website confirmed.
Casey said, in the statement, “It has been an honour to lead the women’s team at this great club and this has been an incredibly tough decision.”
She signed off with messages of thanks for the people who helped her lead the team.
Stoney’s United History
Stoney has been in charge of Man Utd since 2018 when the women’s football team first took birth.
The veteran manager then led United to the Women’s Super League.
She earned her team a promotion from the FA Women’s Championship to the WSL in 2018-19.
Under her leadership, United to a fourth-place finish in their first WSL season, the 2019-20 campaign, finishing just short of a Champions League spot.
In the current 2020-21 campaign, too, United placed fourth due to her genius, while Chelsea won the title for a second consecutive time.
Now, however, she shared in her farewell note: “Having come on board to start the team from scratch, then winning the Women’s Championship in our first season, we have now successfully established the team as a force in the Women’s Super League.”
Thus, Stoney will step down as Manchester United manager because of the “disruption caused by the pandemic”.
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, himself resigning by December, praised Stoney’s singular impact on the club and the WSL.
“Casey has been a driving force behind the success of our Women’s team since she joined the club in 2018,” Woodward said. “She has been an inspiration to her players and staff, to everyone at the club, and to the fans.”