(Reuters) - Manchester United Women's head coach Casey Stoney will step down from her role at the end of the season, the Women's Super League (WSL) club said on Wednesday.
The 38-year-old former England captain took charge of the team in 2018 after they were granted a licence to play in the second-tier Championship.
Stoney guided United to immediate promotion to the WSL and successive fourth-placed finishes in the top flight.
"It has been an honour to lead the women's team at this great club and this has been an incredibly tough decision," Stoney said in a statement.
"However, after a difficult season with disruption caused by the pandemic, I now feel the time is right to take some time away and for someone else to come in and lead the team on the next stage of its journey."
United chief executive Ed Woodward hailed Stoney as an inspiration.
"Casey has been a driving force behind the success of our women's team since she joined the club in 2018," Woodward said. "She will always be part of the Manchester United family."
Stoney retired as a player in 2016 having played for clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool during her 18-year career. She won 130 caps for England and played in three World Cups.
(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)