Kerr appointed Arsenal manager
Friday, 01 February 2013
Arsenal Ladies today announced the appointment of Scotland Women’s Under-19 Coach Shelley Kerr as their new manager.
The FA Women’s Super League champions moved swiftly to secure Kerr following the departure of Laura Harvey last month for American side Seattle Reign FC.
Kerr arrives in London having overseen the Scottish U-19s side for the past four years, leading them to the finals of the UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship in 2010.
She was awarded the prestigious UEFA Pro Licence last month, becoming only the second women to earn the qualification in Scotland – Women’s National Coach Anna Signeul being the other.
Kerr took her first tentative steps in coaching with Hibernian Ladies during the 2007/08 campaign and led the club to Premier League Cup and Scottish Cup success.
The following season she crossed the city to take over rival Spartans and helped the Ainslie Park side finish second in the Scottish Premier League table – their highest ever position.
In 2009 she moved to the Scottish FA after accepting a dual role as Women’s U-19 Coach and Techical & Development Programme Manager for Girls’/Women’s Football in 2009.
Kerr is credited with helping the development of current Arsenal stars Jennifer Beattie and Kim Little – whom she played alongside at Hibs - through her work with the Scotland youth squad.
The 43-year-old, a former Scotland international with 59 caps for her country, said: “I’m extremely excited to be taking up the position of Arsenal Ladies manager.
“Arsenal have been at the forefront of the women’s game for as long as I can remember and it’s a real honour to join the set-up.
“I’m inheriting a great group of players and I look forward to working with them all to bring further success to the club in the seasons ahead.
“It was a difficult decision to leave my role at the Scottish FA, but while I’m emotional about moving on, I’m excited by the prospect of working with the leading women’s football club in the UK.”
National Coach Anna Signeul lamented the Scottish FA’s loss, saying: “First of all I would like to congratulate Shelley on her new role.
“She was a joy to work with as a player and I’ve been just as impressed with her attributes as a coach. She has worked incredibly hard to get to this point and her development has been tremendous.
“Shelley’s departure is a huge loss for the Scottish game, but we of course understand the lure of working with one of the top clubs in Europe.
“We wish her lots of success and hope that she brings her expertise back to Scotland in the future.”
Kerr’s first game in charge of the Gunners could be against Scottish champions Glasgow City with the pair scheduled to clash at Petershill Park on 24th February.