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Offline David

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Leeds Looking For New Manager
« on: June 13, 2007, 10:47:30 PM »
Leeds United Ladies Football Club today amicably parted company with their manager of four years, Julie Chipchase (pictured). Julie has found her work and personal commitments taking up more of her time and she is wanting to take time away from the demands of the Women's Premier league to concentrate on other things.

Julie has taken Leeds United Ladies to two national Cup finals in the past two years and finished a credible fifth place in the FA Women's Premier league this last season, Leeds were top of the league and unbeaten at Christmas and looked strong contenders to finish in the European second position unfortunately a string of defeats following the narrow 1-0 League cup final defeat to Arsenal saw the club finish in fifth.

Chairperson Melanie Vauvelle commented "It is with great sadness that we accept the resignation of Julie, but fully understand the reasons. Julie had found it increasingly difficult to make all the training sessions and matches due to work and personal commitments.

"We would like to put on record our Thanks and appreciation to Julie for taking the club forward, establishing it as one of the top sides in the country and achieving a remarkable record of being in two National Cup finals in two years, an achievement most clubs never succeed in their entire history. Julie has show great loyalty and commitment over the four years through the good and difficult times.

"We would like to now bring in some one in who can build on the good work already in place with Julie and take the club to another level, the club is very ambitious and as well as having an array of quality players already at the club, we also have some of the most talented young players in the country still to come through. We would like to wish Julie all the best for the future.

"Leeds United Ladies have some very exciting things happening, which will help secure the clubs long term future and we hope to make some big announcements in the near future."

Julie Chipchase added; "It is very hard to be leaving Leeds , the 4 years that I have been at the club have been very rewarding for me personally, I have made many friends within the club and have experienced many high's in my four years, obviously getting through to the two cup finals and seeing some really talented players come through from the youth teams are ones that stick out. All the players have worked so hard for me, they are a fantastic bunch of players with so much ability and commitment.

"I will be having a season out of managing to concentrate on work and personal commitments, I hope to use the following season to reflect on the past 10 years of managing/coaching within the Women's Premier League and to take time to develop myself further to become a better manager and coach.

"When I check the scores on a Sunday evening, Leeds will be the first I look for, I genuinely wish the club good luck for next season and hope all the hard work is rewarded."

Leeds United Ladies would like to invite applicants to apply for the role of manager of Leeds United Ladies. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to manager one of the top FA Women's Premier League teams in the country.

Leeds would like to hear from experienced managers/coaches who believe and can prove they have the coaching/managing experience, commitment, drive and ambition to take the club forward and compete for trophies.

In the first instance please email leedsunitedladies@hotmail.co.uk with your football CV. If you have any queries regarding this position, please call Chairperson Melanie Vauvelle om 07805 896977 (only between 5pm - 8pm).

All applicants will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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Re: Leeds Looking For New Manager
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2007, 11:13:30 PM »
Well that seems to put paid to some of the rumours about Leeds future. Let's hope so, Bristol City's bad enough.


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Re: Leeds Looking For New Manager
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2007, 07:48:52 PM »
Mmmmm.... Well we'll see what happens


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Re: Leeds Looking For New Manager
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2007, 10:27:10 AM »
Leeds United Appoint Passmoor & Hall

Leeds United Ladies today announced their new management team will be Manager Rick Passmoor and Assistant Manager Leanne Hall.

Rick Passmoor will be the new first team manager, he is an experienced A Licence coach, who has coached some of the best young players in the men’s game at the Leeds United Academy, where he has an excellent reputation as both a coach and in the network of football development.

Rick works full time for ‘Football in The Community‘ at Leeds United and he is no stranger to the women’s game, as he is the Leeds United Girls Centre of Excellence Director.

Leanne Hall rejoins Leeds for her second spell at the club, after previously spending two years at Leeds as a goalkeeper. Leanne has 24 caps for England but unfortunately is currently recuperating from a serious neck injury. She does, however, hope to be able to play again towards the end of the year. Leanne is currently taking the second part of her A Licence coaching badge and runs her own coaching school.

Chairperson Melanie Vauvelle is delighted with the new management team: “I am thrilled we have managed to get Rick and Leanne to Leeds. We sat down and discussed what Rick could bring to Leeds. He has so much ambition and drive to take Leeds forward that it didn’t take long before we were convinced we had found the right person to manage Leeds United Ladies.

"He has so much experience from the men’s game that he can bring to the women’s game, which the players will all benefit from. We are sure we have the right team in place to take this club to another level; with Ricks coaching and professionalism, together with Leanne’s experience and knowledge of the women’s game, it is a perfect combination. We believe that we have the best management team in the Women’s Premier League”.

“We are working hard throughout pre-season to ensure the backing is in place to give the management team the support to develop Leeds United Ladies and to take the club to forward. What happened at Charlton shows how essential it is to be self-funding. Charlton are now in the same predicament that Leeds were in two years ago and it has taken a lot of hard work and drive for Leeds to get to this position.

"Women’s Clubs now need to have their own structure of financial support. We used to be fully funded by Leeds United and I still hope that some day we will get support and financial help again but we must ensure that we are never fully reliant upon the men’s side. After all, it is the men’s team and the league that they are in that dictates how much financial help they may give”.

Melanie Vauvelle further says that Leeds United Ladies will shortly be announcing a long term partnership “that will secure the future of Leeds United Ladies for up to 5 years and help to take them to the next level both on and off the pitch, whist still allowing for the finalising of a shirt sponsorship deal. The future is now looking bright for Leeds United Ladies but still need to raise more money, as they have set their standards very high.

New 1st Team Manager Rick Passmoor commented; “I have taken a keen interest in the Ladies team for some time and used to see them all the time when they trained at Leeds United’s Training ground. I am really looking forward to the season as it will be a new challenge in both coaching and managing.

"I will treat them as full time professionals yet I will also remember that many of the players either have full time jobs or are still in education therefore, the coaching must be interesting and they must develop as players and enjoy themselves too. We have such talented girls already at the club but I want to improve & develop them further and make them better players whether that’s a 17 year old or a senior International player.

"We will be bringing in a few new players to strengthen the squad in certain areas. Leanne and I have already started speaking to a few new players who will strengthen the squad and we hope to announce some new signings soon. I think Leanne and I will work very well together. She is a very well respected player and coach in the women’s game and will assist me in many areas. Leanne has the same professional organised approach that I have and I wish to instil this at Leeds. I have not come to Leeds to make up the numbers in the league.

"I am very ambitious and want to see Leeds as serious contenders to Arsenal in the next couple of years. Having been involved with the Girls Centre of Excellence at Leeds, I know just what talent we have coming through. If we can get a squad in place now that is capable of winning trophies then with the talent coming through we will sustain this long term."

Leanne Hall added; "I have always had fond memories of Leeds from when I played here before. I could see how well it was run and how ambitious the club were and when an opportunity came up to work alongside Rick in the management team and learn so much I jumped at the chance to rejoin Leeds.

"When I heard first hand what his plans for the team were and the development of the players, I realise how ambitious and thorough Rick was, I am relishing the challenge and cannot wait for pre-season to start. I cant play at the moment so while I have been in rehab it has given me more time to devote to coaching and the management side, which is where I see my future after I have given up playing.

"I do hope to play again if I get the all clear from the specialist, then I will be fighting for that No.1 shirt at Leeds and my England place back. The injury has made me think about my football career after playing so this gives me a great opportunity to work alongside someone with so much experience. I am as excited about this season as both an assistant manager and as a player. Rick is the right person to take this club forward."

Meanwhile, Leeds have launched a season ticket, where for just £25 you can watch all of Leeds United Ladies home league games, as well as many other benefits. Further information can be obtained by emailing leedsunitedladies@hotmail.co.uk or calling Tel 07805 896977 between 5pm – 8pm.

The club have moved grounds this summer to Tadcaster Albion FC, which is between Leeds & York just off the A64. Leeds played a couple of games there at the back end of last season and the club were so welcoming, that they made the decision to move home grounds.

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Re: Leeds Looking For New Manager
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2007, 10:37:14 AM »
Melanie Vauvelle further says that Leeds United Ladies will shortly be announcing a long term partnership “that will secure the future of Leeds United Ladies for up to 5 years and help to take them to the next level both on and off the pitch, whist still allowing for the finalising of a shirt sponsorship deal. The future is now looking bright for Leeds United Ladies but still need to raise more money, as they have set their standards very high.

Thats excellent news for Leeds and shows it can be done.... Congratulations to all concerned I say.. from dodgy survival to a good term of security..
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Re: Leeds Looking For New Manager
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2007, 11:26:21 AM »
Looks like they're keeping most of they're playing staff, I mean they'll no need to go anywhere if they've got five years of funding, where is Tadcaster though from what I can tell the nearest station to it dosen't run a train on a Sunday, ha....


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Re: Leeds Looking For New Manager
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2007, 07:53:04 PM »
you have to get a bus from either york or leeds. its a 32 minute bus ride from leeds and all there are very welcoming, nice set up there.
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Re: Leeds Looking For New Manager
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2007, 10:22:25 PM »
Good to hear that things are looking up for them.

Strange place this women's football. It's gone from packing bags at the supermarket to upto 5 years of security whilst moving them up a level at the same time. It will be interesting to see exactly what they have come up with.  :)