Shelley Kerr has been announced as the new manager of Arsenal Ladies, replacing Laura Harvey.
Shelley had previously worked at the Scottish FA overseeing the Under-19s national side for the past four years and leading them to the finals of the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship in 2010. She was also key to developing current Arsenal Ladies stars Kim Little and Jennifer Beattie among other young Scotland players, so hopefully our younger players will thrive under her.
As a key part of Scotland’s senior women’s coaching set-up too, Shelley helped her country to the UEFA Women’s Euro 2009 play-offs. This was the first time in Scotland’s history that they had reached this stage of a major international tournament.
She also has experience on the pitch, as a former Scotland international with 59 caps for her country.
Personally, I think it’s brilliant that we have another female manager. There aren’t enough in women’s football, and other then Kerr, there is only one other female manager in the FAWSL. It’s good for womens’ football as a whole that there are as many female managers at the top level as possible.
Another plus is that she seems to have a lot of experience both on and off the pitch, which will be essential with a top team like Arsenal. As previously said, she seems to have worked with young players a lot throughout her career so far, which will be great for the young players at Arsenal.
In an interview with Arsenal.com, Kerr said:
“I’m extremely excited to be taking up the position of Arsenal Ladies manager. Arsenal have been at the forefront of the women’s game for as long as I can remember and it’s a real honour to join the setup. I’m inheriting a great group of players and I look forward to working with them all to bring further success to the Club in the seasons ahead.”