Bristol City have appointed Lauren Smith as their Interim Head Coach ahead of the 2021/22 FA Women’s Championship season.
Smith was previously with the Robins for seven years, going on to take assistant coach roles with the FA of Wales and Tottenham Hotspur.
Group Chief Financial Officer and City Director Gavin Marshall told bcfc.co.uk: “Lauren was the stand-out candidate for the role as we aim to rebuild the women’s programme in the Championship this upcoming season.
“Lauren previously spent seven years at the club in various coaching roles and has a fantastic understanding of the importance of the player pathway, which is vital as we aim to build a core of homegrown talent for the future of the club.
“Combining that with the knowledge and experience she has gained in both the international and domestic game makes Lauren an exciting appointment for Bristol City Women.”
Smith added: “Bristol City Women is a club that I hold close to my heart and I’m delighted to return as Head Coach for the 2021/22 season.
“Having previously spent seven years at the club, coaching through the age groups and into the first team as an Assistant, it’s a special moment to become Head Coach.
“It’s going to be a busy summer ahead with a lot of work to be done as we aim to rebuild and prepare for one of the most competitive leagues in women’s football.”