Nottingham Forest Women get their first full-time head coach

Andy Cook during his spell as manager of Oxford United WFC. (Photo: Ryan Browne for FA)

Nottingham Forest Women have appointed Andrew Cook as their first full-time head coach.

The UEFA ‘A’-licensed coach is working towards his UEFA Pro License and currently studying on the League Managers’ Association diploma in football.

He arrives with previous coaching experience in the women’s game gained at Arsenal, Durham and Oxford United.

Cook will oversee the development and competitive performance of Forest’s development pathway, ranging from Under 9s to the senior first-team.

On being named as head coach, Andrew told the club’s website: “When I heard that Forest were looking for a new head coach I had no reservations about joining. After speaking to Lee Billiard, the general manager, about the club and what they wanted for the team, it was sold to me.

“The club is simply doing the right thing and investing in its teams so to be given the opportunity to lead Nottingham Forest Women is a great privilege.

“We have GPS in use at all training sessions and matches now with full video analysis at all games allowing us to proactively develop the players on a level that will not have been seen at the club before.”

Forest Women’s general manager Lee Billiard stated: “Getting down to the final handful of candidates was a difficult task as we had many suitable entrants.

“Andy stood out as he has the high-level experience we were looking for, he has worked on youth development, he has coached and helped develop international players and in meeting with him face-to-face he has a great personality that the players will enjoy.”

Forest begin their pre-season friendlies on 21 July when they host Cardiff City Ladies at Eastwood CFC, kick-off 2pm.