Willie Kirk moves from Director of Football role to take charge of Leicester City Women following the departure of manager Lydia Bedford.
While Bedford and her assistant Nicola Williams successfully guided the Foxes to safety in their first season in the WSL, the team have lost all games so far this term, leading the board to ‘regrettably conclude that a change in direction is necessary’.
Kirk will move from his position as Director of Football – Women and Girls, to take charge of the Women’s First Team squad on a permanent basis. He will be supported by First Team Coach Steve Kirby and Technical Coach Emile Heskey, and will oversee training from Saturday.
Leicester City Chief Executive Susan Whelan told lcfc.co.uk: “We’re extremely grateful to Lydia for everything she has done during her time with Leicester City, guiding our players through a difficult first season in the WSL. Her skill as a coach and dedication to improving players were big factors in the retention of our WSL status and will continue to serve her well in a successful career at the top of the women’s game.
“After a difficult start to the season, we now look to move forward with the team led by Willie Kirk, whose experience and knowledge will be of great value for the challenges ahead.”