Former players and prominent figures within the game were privately saying on Wednesday they have nothing against him and can forgive a series of tweets sent years ago and for which he has apologised.
FA chief executive Martin Glenn said background checks on Neville "highlighted some but not all the historic social media comments". He has coached at Manchester United, Valencia and England Under-21s, but only managed one game, at Salford City, a team he co-owns with his brother, Gary.
Enter Phil Neville. Neville has the required UEFA Pro Licence that the FA used to rule out the likes of the NC Courage's Paul Riley who had expressed interest in the job.
Between the talent in the squad, the facilities and the financial resources available, there are very few women's coaching jobs as attractive as England - even with the FA being a disorganized mess.
One thing is for sure: Neville's route to the job was cleared once other, arguably more qualified, candidates had dropped out.
'With the other coaches we'll appoint working closely with Phil and complementing his coaching prowess and global experience, we have an exciting team that will help the squad make yet another jump forward.
Yet now they are under mounting pressure to address the situation after anti-discrimination group Kick It Out called for Neville to face disciplinary action.
Neville, 41, appeared to delete his Twitter account after the comments were re-published.
Asked why he had only referred to men in his message, a reply on Neville's account said: "When I said morning men I thought the women would of been busy preparing breakfast/getting kids ready/making the beds-sorry morning women!"
The FA are understood to have been aware of the tweets before making the appointment.
"I am honoured to be given the chance to lead England", Neville said.
Vicki, whose Female Coaching Network aims to create coaching opportunities for women around the world, says the FA's response to Neville's tweets shows they haven't handled the appointment well.
Yankey holds the record for the highest number of England appearances by a player across all national team sides having played 129 games for her country.
That result was also achieved under Sampson but the Welshman's reign ended in controversy after he was accused of racism by England striker Eni Aluko, although it was "inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour" in a previous role with Bristol Academy that eventually led the FA to sack him.
Further down the line Neville will be tasked with leading the Lionesses through to the 2019 World Cup in France.