Sarina Wiegmann has no plans to leave England Before his contract expires two years from now, the coach said in an interview on the eve of Sunday 2023 Women’s World Cup Wigman Beach Final Lioness And spain (Coverage begins at 5 a.m. ET 6 a.m. Kickoff on Fox and the Fox Sports App,

Three-time FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year Wiegmann has polished her credentials as the best manager in the women’s game this summer after leading England to their first World Cup decider, men or women, since 1966.

he guided Lioness up to the European title last year – his second consecutive continental championship after winning the Euros with his natives Netherlands In 2017. She has lost only one major tournament game so far, when the Dutch were defeated United States of america At the 2019 World Cup final in France.

America is now looking for a new bench boss after losing Sweden Australia-New Zealand in Round of 16 in 2023 – Worst World Cup performance in the country’s history. Wigman is the dream candidate. this was the case before USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovsky resigned from his post earlier this week, ahead of England’s title clash.

But there has been so much speculation in recent days that both Wigman and England’s Football Association have spoken publicly about his future.

FA CEO Mark Bullingham said, “We’ve seen a lot of rumors and he is a special talent. We know that.” “We’re obviously huge supporters of her, and, hopefully, she feels the same way. She’s someone we’d like to have around for a very, very long time.”

With four World Cups and as many Olympic gold medals, the United States boasts the most successful program in women’s soccer history. After the Down Under debacle, it would be surprising if he didn’t target Wigman. But it looks like the 53-year-old will need some convincing, even if she stops short of completely ruling out the possibility of taking on another challenge.

“I have a contract until ’25 and I have no plans to leave England,” Wigman told the BBC. “I’m really enjoying the job. I’m really enjoying the work I do with the team, with the staff and with The FA and I have no plans to leave.”

Plans can also change.

Wiegmann was reportedly shortlisted for the US job before Andonovsky was hired in 2019, but any talks then were informal and apparently didn’t go very far. At the time, US Soccer insisted on having a coach who would either move to Chicago, where the USSF is located, or commute regularly, as Andonovski did from his home in Kansas City—which Was a potential deal-breaker for many candidates.

[Read more: USWNT coaching candidates: 10 potential names to replace Vlatko Andonovski]

Although it is still a priority of the Fed, it is no longer a stipulated requirement. A source with knowledge of the organization’s thinking told Fox Sports on Friday that the USSF aims to recruit the best possible coach first and worry about logistics later.

For now, Wiegmann’s sole focus is on winning Sunday’s final against Spain.

“It’s going to be a huge challenge,” he said. “I just hope it’s going to be an incredible game. Being in the final is very special but now we also want to win it.”

Doug McIntyre is a football writer for Fox Sports. Prior to joining Fox Sports in 2021, he was a staff writer with ESPN and Yahoo Sports and has covered the United States men’s and women’s national teams at multiple FIFA World Cups. Follow him on Twitter @by Doug McIntyre,

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