Motherwell FC Ladies new manager is Eddie Wolecki Black, who has been brought in as part of a complete review of the female football programme at Fir Park.
Motherwell say that previously the MFC Community Trust has had sole responsibility for the running of all the programmes and teams from U-10s to first team but with the new system, the senior ladies will fall under the direct remit of the club, whereas the development pathway will continue with the trust.
The senior side enjoyed back-to-back promotions in 2015 and 2016, recently finishing third after their SWPL 2 debut season.
Wolecki Black, a UEFA pro licence coach, earlier had a hugely successful four-year spell at Glasgow City, which included reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.
During a spell with Airdrieonians FC, he was taken ill at a game and was unable to fulfill his role for the remainder of that campaign and later left the club.
With his health improving each day, he now feels ready to return to management and, alongside assistant Donald Jennow, will spearhead Motherwell’s campaign in 2018.
“I’m delighted to be honest,” he said. “I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to come back in, I’d obviously been looking around and had been unsuccessful in one or two applications.
“But I was contacted by Alan Burrows, we had some conversations which have led to this day so I’m very keen now just to get started.”
Motherwell Chief Operating Officer Alan Burrows added: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Eddie to the club and believe it’s a huge coup for us to get him here.
“Not only is he a hugely respected and qualified coach with experience at various levels, I can see a real huge hunger and determination in him to get back involved.
“I’m delighted Motherwell can be a club that can give people the chance to get their lives back on track after a setback. I am certain Eddie will build on the fantastic progress already made within the ladies team as we strive for promotion to the top level.”