Melissa Phillips appointed London City Lionesses head coach

London City Lonesses' newhead coach, Melissa Phillips
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Melissa Phillips has been appointed as London City Lionesses new Head Coach, after she oversaw the first victory of the season as Caretaker Manager.

Phillips said: “I am incredibly humbled by the opportunity to lead the London City Lionesses First Team in a greater capacity. For me, leadership isn’t a matter of your title but rather the impact and influence you have on an organisation. My role since joining London City has been to help drive the vision, values and ambitions of the club forward.

“I feel we have only just scratched the surface of our potential and am excited for the journey ahead.

“My aim is to create an environment that each player thrives in, focused on holistic player development and elevating our current culture and football philosophy.”

Diane Culligan, Chairwoman, said: “Mel has been excellent in every aspect since she joined us, so the decision to promote her to Head Coach was a very easy one. Mel was one of the US’ most highly-regarded young coaches and, in time, we are confident that she will become one of the UK’s top managers.”

Phillips joined the Lionesses this summer from the University of Pennsylvania’s coaching programme, where she was the Women’s Team Assistant Coach for five years – the most successful period in their history.

The young Penn team won plaudits for their high-scoring, defensively resolute performances. This culminated in them being crowned the 2018 Ivy League Champions.

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