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Women's Football => The FA WSL 2 => Topic started by: Sylvain on January 16, 2014, 05:25:33 PM

Title: New Villa Ladies management team for Super League campaign
Post by: Sylvain on January 16, 2014, 05:25:33 PM
Villa Ladies have announced a new management set-up as they get ready for their first season in the newly-formed Super League.

Ron Mellor has been brought in as manager, taking the lead role in getting the team ready for the season, which runs over the summer months from April to October.

Joe Hunt, League cup-winning manager from the previous campaign, will continue to support the team with the role of head coach alongside Karl Fellows.

Natalie Courtney, Ant Bosson and Andrew Colley will continue in their roles as assistant manager, physiotherapist and goalkeeping coach respectively.

Anders Braastad will also join the staff as sports science coach while Martin Harrison comes in as general manager to oversee the day-to-day running of the club.

Hunt, who has overseen the changes, said: "I'm over the moon that Ron has agreed to come on board with us.

"He is very highly recommended.

"Ron will add a new dimension to us. He will help the development of Karl and I as coaches with all his knowledge and experience.

"He will take charge of all team affairs, dictating training sessions and matchday operations.

"He has some great ideas but is also comfortable with how we play already and where we want to go

"Already Ron has shown a massive interest in our female section overall, working with the U15s team.

"He has thrown himself into the club, trying to get an understanding of how it works and how we do things.

"Even though we have now moved to Super League we still intend to produce our own players from within our Centre of Excellence.

"This has always been our focus. We are not reliant on other clubs to produce players for us.

"The future is very promising for us. Within the last month, we've had a great turn out for the national teams. A total of 14 players have gone away at U15, U17, U19 and U21 levels - 12 of them with England and two with Wales."

Mellor, who also coached former defender Brendan Ormsby when he was a teacher at Ladywood Comprehensive School, added: "It goes without saying that I am very much looking forward to joining the management team for Villa Ladies.

"It should be an exciting journey for us as we embark on our first season in the Super League."

Before the Super League campaign begins, Villa Ladies set off in the FA Cup with a home encounter with Doncaster Belles on Sunday February 9, kick-off at 2pm.

The match will be played at their new ground at Sutton Coldfield Town.

Look out for comprehensive coverage of Villa Ladies for the entire season, with in-depth profiles, previews, match reports and manager verdicts.

Title: Villa's pre-season friendlies
Post by: Sylvain on January 24, 2014, 09:43:03 AM
Aston Villa's Pre Season Schedule:

January 28 -Derby County (a) 7.45pm
February 2 - Everton (a) 2pm
February 9 - Doncaster Rovers Belles (h) FA Cup Third Round
February 16 - Arsenal (a) 2pm
February 23 - Bristol Academy (h) 2pm
March 2 - Notts County (h) 2pm
March 30 - Manchester City (a) 2pm
April 6 - Chelsea (a) 2pm

Title: Re: New Villa Ladies management team for Super League campaign
Post by: allibee on January 29, 2014, 09:47:59 PM
Now I like a good conspiracy theory as much as the next person, but is there something we should know? They have been a bit non existent since their licence was granted apart from on their men's site. Personally I haven't seen happy piccies of players with the other clubs for photo shoots at Wembley recently, seem to be the only club without any kind of squad or badge image on the FAWSL site http://www.fawsl.com/news/introducing_aston_villa_ladies.html  and, although probably just an oversight on their part, this hasn't changed since last June http://www.shekicks.net/community/links (although the other WSL teams have)


Title: Re: New Villa Ladies management team for Super League campaign
Post by: bilbobaggins on January 29, 2014, 11:32:46 PM
villa have always been reluctant to give anything away.
the fawsl also seem incapable of giving wsl2 or reserves any web space at all
Title: Re: New Villa Ladies management team for Super League campaign
Post by: allibee on January 30, 2014, 09:21:37 PM
If you look up Polly Fildes (I think) on twitter she mentioned this morning that the FAWSL website was just about to be relaunched with all new content plus an online ticketing system
Title: Re: New Villa Ladies management team for Super League campaign
Post by: bilbobaggins on January 31, 2014, 06:11:58 AM
Will do thanks.
Title: Aston Villa Ladies ready to enter FA WSL for debut season
Post by: Sylvain on February 03, 2014, 01:35:51 PM
Aston Villa Ladies will be challenging the top three of the Women’s Super League’s second tier next season, according to general manager Martin Harrison.

The Lady Villans may be young in years but they are fresh from their first taste of success, having clinched The FA Women’s Premier League Cup last season.

Yet the WSL 2 is unknown territory for the club and with the likes of Sunderland Ladies, Doncaster Rovers Belles and Watford in their division – all winners in their own right – the challenge is about to get tougher.

However, Harrison is expecting his young guns to rise to the occasion and fight for promotion at the first time of asking.

“Our aims and ambitions are that we want to be challenging, really," he said.

"Realistically we want to be in the top three and it will probably be between ourselves, Sunderland, Watford and Donny.

“The national division was a competitive one last year and there were a number of teams able to get results against each other, and now with Doncaster coming down it’s only going to strengthen.

“Sunderland have won national divisions too, so it’s going to be very strong.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how the likes of Yeovil and Millwall are going to rise to the challenge too.

“From our point of view, the players had a lot of experience and soon they’ll be some of the better players in the country.

“So now there’s less of a feeling as a youngster that they shouldn’t be here at this level. They won’t be as overawed.

“We would like to think a lot of girls that have come through our programme have developed massively over the last few years.

“They’ve gained international recognition with us so from a loyalty point of view, they will be happy.”

Such is the confidence in the Villa’s current crop of players, there has not been a raft of new arrivals at the club.

Emily Owen and Natasha Baptiste were signed from West Brom while Lauren Walker and Hannah Williams joined from Wolves – all four arriving back in August.

And with a few tweaks here and there, Harrison is confident his side can cope with the demands of their maiden WSL season.

“We haven’t gone out of our way to bring in too many new players, but a few to enhance what we already have such as Emily Owen, two 20-year-olds from West Bromwich Albion who have a lot of potential,” added Harrison.

“Some of our girls have gone away on international duty and that extra experience is only going to take us forward and drive other players on too.”


Very ambitious  :o