Chelsea FC Women have appointed Tanya Oxtoby as assistant coach following a three-and-a-half-year spell at Bristol City.
Oxtoby told chelseafc.com: ‘To be joining such an illustrious team of players and staff is a true honour.
‘I always said it would take something special for me to end my maternity leave early, and when this opportunity arose, and after to speaking to Emma [Hayes] and Paul [Green], it felt like the ideal move for me. I’m looking forward to working not only with world-class players, but the amazingly talented staff at the club and being able to contribute to further success.’
Oxtoby’s playing career included a spell at Doncaster Rovers Belles under current Chelsea Women’s general manager Paul Green, even facing Chelsea in Emma Hayes’ first-ever game in charge.
Paul Green added: ‘We are pleased to add Tanya to our coaching team. She is a coach with considerable experience in the WSL and a good track record of developing players.
‘We feel that she will add another dimension to our talented group, both on and off the pitch, that will impact the team.’