Rehanne Skinner has become the latest Lionesses assistant to land a prominent head coaching role in the women’s game after being appointed by Tottenham Hotspur.
Having led England’s Under-21s, Skinner progressed to the senior set-up this summer. The FA will confirm Skinner’s replacement as assistant coach with the Lionesses in due course.
Kay Cossington, The FA’s head of women’s technical development, said: “I am delighted for Rehanne. While we are sorry to see her leave, we are committed to helping our talented coaches progress in the game.
“This is a brilliant opportunity and I am sure England teams will feel the benefit in the future of having another WSL head coach who understands our commitment to furthering the player pathway and can continue to build on the excellent relationship we enjoy between the domestic and international game. Meanwhile, it will open up another opportunity for a coach to join Phil’s coaching staff and work around the senior environment.”
Rehanne Skinner said: “I am incredibly excited by this opportunity and I would like to thank Phil, Kay Cossington and Sue Campbell for their understanding, and their recognition that this will be a great chance for me to further progress my coaching career.
“I have really enjoyed my time at The FA, working alongside some wonderfully talented people and with players who have done so much to put women’s football and our England teams in the spotlight. It will be very hard to leave but I will always have such fond memories of my ten years working with England teams.”
Skinner’s career began in 2003 with Leicester City, guiding the club’s Football in the Community work. Building on a commitment to developing young players she co-founded Leicester City WFC, taking on a coaching role with the team where she secured four consecutive promotions. She moved to Arsenal in 2010 and spent three years as an assistant coach, helping achieve two FAWSL title wins, two Continental Cups, one FA Cup and reaching two Champions League semi-finals.
Skinner was then appointed assistant coach of Great Britain, winning gold at the World University Student Games in 2013, before spending three years working in youth player development in the United States.
She returned to the UK to spend a season as assistant coach with Wales before moving to The FA in September 2017 as head coach of the U-19 age group, competing in UEFA European competitions over the subsequent years.