Former Wales manager Jayne Ludlow said her passion has always been working in youth development at the top of women’s football after being appointed technical director of the girls’ academy at Manchester City.
The 42-year-old left her post in Wales, which she had held since 2014, by mutual agreement in January.
She had recently been raised as a potential Arsenal successor to boss Joe Montemurro, who was announced last month would leave the club at the end of the season.
Ludlow said The women’s football show: “I have enjoyed my time as head coach in Reading and with the Wales national team, but my passion has always been around youth development – a level I would like.
“This opportunity has presented itself and it ticks all the boxes. There are so many great professionals out there in the senior world.
“That the club wants to invest in the system of young people like them and keep pushing it and being a pioneer in many ways in the way we operate … it’s fantastic and I hope it’s something that ‘other teams in the UK will do in the future to keep it moving.
“My role will be to bring a lot more through the academy system and help seniors win more trophies in the future.”
After a playing career which saw her win an overabundance of trophies with Arsenal and make 61 appearances for Wales, former midfielder Ludlow went on to be Reading boss from 2013 to 2014 before taking charge of the National team.
You can see interviews with Jayne Ludlow, Fara Williams, Rinsola Babajide and Ann Katrin-Berger on The women’s football show Friday at 6 p.m. on Sky Sports Football.