Sheffield United legend Nick Montgomery has praised the England Women’s team for their generous gesture towards Australian side Central Coast Mariners. Montgomery, who is currently the head coach of the Mariners in the Australian A League, revealed that the Lionesses have left behind £300,000 worth of gym kit for his team.
Having taken charge of the Mariners in June 2021, Montgomery recently led his side to the league title with a convincing 6-1 win in the grand final against Melbourne City. As they prepare for the upcoming season, the Mariners have received a helping hand from Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses in the form of gym equipment.
“It is important that we continue to build resources,” Montgomery told talkSPORT. “FIFA invests a lot of money, and for us to receive gym equipment, especially from the only club on the central coast, it is a great gesture from them. This equipment will not only benefit the development of our young players but also our first-team and W League team.”
In other news, England’s national team secured their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with a victory over Nigeria on penalties, despite the sending off of Lauren James. Montgomery also touched on the potential transfer of Harry Maguire from Manchester United to West Ham United, praising Maguire for his resilience and dedication.
“Harry is one of the most honest kids you will ever meet,” Montgomery said. “He has had a tough time, facing criticism on social media. But he just needs to keep his head down. He has been a key player for Manchester United over the past few years, and whether he stays or moves, he will always give 100 percent.”
Montgomery added, “He knows he’s a top defender, proven at the World Cup level. Being the captain of Manchester United comes with immense pressure, and when things aren’t going well, people tend to look at the captain and the experienced players. This happens at every club. But Harry is a genuine lad, and I have no doubt he will come back stronger.”
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Sheffield United legend Alan Cork has revealed that the Lionesses have left more than £300,000 worth of gym kit to Central Coast Mariners, and has backed Harry Maguire to come back stronger from his suspension.
Cork, who is a lifetime supporter of the Blades, was speaking during an exclusive interview with the local newspaper, Sheffield Star.
The Sheffield United legend revealed that the Lionesses had donated over £300,000 of gym kit to Central Coast Mariners. He was particularly impressed with the quality of the equipment that had been donated and spoke of his admiration for the gesture.
Cork also backed Harry Maguire to overcome his recent suspension. The centre-back was initially suspended for three games after being found guilty of using insulting and abusive language in an incident that took place outside a Greek bar.
However, the Sheffield United legend believes Maguire will learn from the incident and come back stronger. Cork said he had no doubt that Maguire would return from his suspension and show the footballing world his true quality.
The Sheffield United legend further commented on the quality of the players in the squad, claiming that the club had an abundance of talent and potential. He also spoke positively of the new manager in charge, Chris Wilder, heaping praise on his vision and philosophy.
Overall, Alan Cork spoke positively of the club and its continued success while speaking highly of both the donation from the Lionesses and Harry Maguire’s resilience.