Tottenham Women sack Rehanne Skinner with Vicky Jepson to take charge against Leicester | Soccer News
Tottenham Women have sacked Rehanne Skinner after a nine-game losing streak in the WSL, with assistant coach Vicky Jepson taking over as caretaker.
Spurs have not won any of their WSL games since beating Brighton 8-0 in October – which turned out to be Hope Powell’s last game in charge of the Seagulls – and have also pulled out of both competitions cutting at that time.
Tottenham lost to Liverpool in the league on Sunday, leaving them 10th in the WSL table – two points ahead of Leicester, who they face on Wednesday. It will be a crucial relegation game for both teams.
Spurs have won just three of their 14 WSL games under Skinner this season, despite signing Drew Spence, Bethany England and Mana Iwabuchi in the last two transfer windows.
England’s arrival from Chelsea in January marked a British record for a player at £250,000.
Chief executive Andy Rogers said: “Since joining us in 2020, Rehanne has been instrumental in our development in women’s football, both on and off the pitch.
“She carried out her duties with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail, and we would like to thank her for all she has done for us during her tenure.”
Skinner originally joined Tottenham in November 2020, taking over from Karen Hills and Juan Amoros, having served as England women’s assistant head coach under Phil Neville.
In his debut season, Spurs finished eighth in the WSL, before an impressive fifth place and reaching the Conti Cup semi-finals last season.
Why there is a lack of female coaches in football
Arsenal Women manager Jonas Eidevall put it succinctly when he recently said: “You can have female Premiers, but you can’t have a female Premier League manager for some reason? Why? ?”
Some 34 years after the Channel 4 TV series The manager, which followed the fortunes of a woman taking charge of a fictional men’s professional football team, we have yet to see a female head coach step into the dugout in one of the best flights in the British men’s leagues.
Yet, considering that only a third of coaches in the Women’s Super League are women, and six of the 12 coaches in the Championship’s lower league, the most pertinent point must be raised first: where are all female leaders? female football coaches?