Shelley Kerr Appointed Head Coach of the Scottish Women’s National Team

  • Shelley Kerr Appointed SWNT Head Coach
  • Previously in charge of Stirling University’s Senior Men’s Team
  • Kerr will take over the national side for the 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign in the summer

Shelley Kerr continues to move from strength to strength and further prove herself as a positive force in Scottish football as she is announced as the new Head Coach of the Scottish Women's National Team this week.

Kerr brings extensive knowledge and experience to the role, garnered over a successful playing and coaching career at both club and international level.

With a playing career spanning 20 years and representing the likes of Kilmarnock, Hibernian and Doncaster Rovers Belles, Kerr has won every major club honour in Scotland. She has also racked up 59 caps for her country.

Kerr then made a natural progression into coaching, where she brought her playing experience to the fore to lead the Scotland Women's under 19 national team to the UEFA Women's under 19 Championship finals in 2010 - her first taste of coaching in the national game.

After a small stint at Arsenal where she won two consecutive FA Cups, Kerr was appointed manager of Stirling University in 2014, making her the first female to manage a British men's senior football team.

The UEFA Pro Licenced Manager will now take over the national side after the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 finals this summer, and focus on the squads 2019 World Cup qualifiers one month later.

Shelley Kerr told the SFA website: "I am extremely proud and honoured to be named as coach of the Scotland Women's National Team.

"As a young girl, and being extremely passionate about Scotland, it was my ambition to represent my country and now to get the opportunity to lead the women's national team is a dream come true.

"I have never hidden the fact that I have always been very ambitious as an aspiring coach and I have tried to give myself as broad a skillset as possible to help me achieve my goals.

"My time as manager of Stirling University was extremely beneficial to my personal and professional development. The knowledge sharing and support, expertise and guidance provided by the high-performance coaches there have made the last three years an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

"Anna Signeul has done a fantastic job throughout her 12 years in the role and has really changed the perception of the girls' and women's game in Scotland.

"We have a great group of players and my goal is to continue the good work and sustain the level of success that the team has achieved in recent years.u201d

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