The Hammers finished ninth in the FAWPL Southern Division this season, in a campaign that saw them brought ‘in-house’ by West Ham, and now an injection of investment and several key full-time appointments are set to propel the team to new heights, says whufc.com
In his first full-time role at the club, Jack Sullivan, son of Joint-Chairman David, has been appointed managing director, whilst former player and current coach Karen Ray takes up the full-time position of general manager.
Furthermore, current first-team manager Greg de Carnys has left his role as Academy head of performance to take up a full-time role looking after the Ladies’ first team and Academy.
Jack Sullivan said: “This is a massive project of great importance to West Ham United. We have some exciting plans and huge expectations … and we hope that within five years we can be challenging in FA WSL 1.
“For me personally it’s a huge project and something I can’t wait to get started on. Whilst I will not be taking a wage, I am excited to be taking on my first full-time role at West Ham United and looking forward to the challenges ahead.
“We hope to make huge strides this summer before the new season starts, and plan to unveil a key player signing, with WSL experience, in the coming weeks.”
Karen Ray said: “I am delighted we are able to offer young girls the opportunity to develop as players and people with the new infrastructure that highlights the club’s dedication to grow women’s football, with the support of West Ham United Foundation.
“We are very passionate about building a sustainable and successful plan that will see us develop a world-class talent pathway for girls of all ages that aligns with the club’s overall ambitions.”
Greg de Carnys said: “These are exciting times to be involved with West Ham United Ladies – the club has shown outstanding support for our long term vision and I can’t wait to get started.
“We already have a talented young squad that believes in what we’re doing and they’re gaining experience all the time. With a few new additions and investment in the right areas I hope we can build a successful and sustainable future for the club over the next five years.”