Danielle Bowman has joined West Ham United as first-team coach after recently ending a 15-year playing career.
The 33-year-old also was in the England squad for Euro 2009 and played for Arsenal, Chelsea and Notts County, before finishing up as captain of Brighton & Hove Albion.
“It’s an exciting opportunity,” she told whufc.com. “I’ve been doing a little bit of coaching over the last couple of years. It’s a new challenge for me and I’m really looking forward to getting started.
“As I’ve gotten a little older, I’ve always tried to help where I can – that happened a lot last season when I was on the side-lines due to injury. It’s a great opportunity to do more of that, but in a controlled manner.”
Manager Paul Konchesky commented: “If you look at Dani’s background, then you know that she’s going to bring a wealth of knowledge to the Club,” said the Hammers manager.
“She’s played with a wealth of talent during her career that has only just come to an end – she’s played for her country and in big matches, which is experience that she will be able to pass onto our group.
“She will be able to pass on things that the other coaches might not be able to, because of the knowledge that she has of playing at the highest level in the Barclays Women’s Super League.”