According to the Echo, Everton Ladies are close to hiring a replacement for Andy Spence. The new manager is rumoured to be Willie Kirk, currently an assistant for Manchester United ‘s women’s team. The Red Devils only formed their women’s team at the beginning of this season and joined the Women’s Championship, the tier below the Women’s Super League. United are rumoured to have invested £5m into the new team and their promotion to the first tier is definite as they are the clear favorites in their current league.
Before his time at Man United, Kirk was manager at Bristol City Women, who finished just above Everton last season in 8th place. The Blues may find him a desirable candidate because he was able to lead Bristol City to a promotion to the top flight in 2016. Everton really need someone who can help the team climb their way out of the relegation zone. The Scotsman is certainly qualified, having also had over 15 years of coaching experience at Hibernian FC.
An absolute honour and privilege to be named women’s assistant coach, with the biggest club in the world. Looking forward to working with @CaseyStoney as we start an exciting journey. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/7oMX4CWIC1— Willie Kirk (@WillieKirk) June 28, 2018
The Echo also reports that Birmingham City Women manager Marc Skinner was considered for the job. He is an excellent candidate in his own right, but it would be a wonder why he would want to leave his job working for a club that currently sits in 3rd place and has one of the the best English forwards in women’s football, Ellen White, on their roster.
No word on when the new manager will officially start but in the meanwhile, goalkeeping coach Jen Herst is serving as caretaker for the squad, who is preparing to play Liverpool Women on Sunday and then again on Wednesday.