Shelley Kerr is new Scotland women boss
Shelley Kerr – who became the first female manager in British men’s senior football when she was appointed at Stirling University three years ago – will take over as the boss of Scotland’s women in June.
Kerr will take over from Anna Signeul, who will step down from the role after the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 finals this summer.
The Lowland League side manager coached Kilmarnock, Hibs and Spartans women before joining the SFA as a regional development officer and then as technical and development programme manager for girls’ and women’s football.
In 2010 Kerr led the Scotland Women’s Under–19s to the UEFA Championship finals before moving to England to manage Arsenal from 2013 until 2014, winning two consecutive FA Cups.
Since being named Stirling University boss in 2014, Kerr has led them to a British Universities Championship Final and achieved consistent top-five finishes in the Scottish Lowland Football League.
In a 20-year playing career Kerr turned out for clubs such as Kilmarnock, Hibs, Doncaster Rovers Belles and Spartans – and won every major club honour in Scotland. She also earned 59 caps for Scotland, captaining her country on multiple occasions and scoring three goals.
Before succeeding Signeul – who takes Scotland to their first major finals in this summer’s Euros – Shelley will attend the qualifying draw for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Switzerland on April 25, along with SFA performance director Malky Mackay.
Kerr said: “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 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.”