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Botterill replaced by new coaching duo

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JERSEY WOMEN will come under new joint-leadership for 2018/19, following the resignation of head coach Jodie Botterill.

Natwest Island Games 2017 Gotland IG Ladies Football Jersey v Gibraltar Picture: DAVID FERGUSON.Jodie Botterill. (21880100)

The former Wales international has stepped away from her role with immediate effect in order to resume her playing career, and has been replaced by Island Games colleague Fiona McKinnon-Fox and former Island U18 coach Chad Morris.

Botterill, who coached the senior squad alongside Dan Seviour – ahead of the latter’s appointment as a full-time community coach – said: ‘I have enjoyed my time as head coach. However I have missed playing the game.

‘During the Gotland Island Games I tried to combine both playing and coaching roles but found it difficult to give 100 per cent to both. I hope to continue my coaching once I have finished playing, but for now I still want to enjoy the short time I have left on the pitch.

‘Having worked with both Fiona and Chad, I know they are both very experienced, knowledgeable and have passion for the game.’

Jean-Luc Desbois, Jersey FA’s chief executive officer, said: ‘I am delighted with the promotion of Fiona and Chad to joint-head coaches.

‘The JFA is confident we will see continued progress of our senior women’s team under their coaching.

‘Both the women’s coaching team and I are absolutely thrilled with Jodie’s decision to get her boots back on. We believe this will have a positive impact on the pitch by strengthening our side and helping the on-field development of our young squad.’

Although football has not been included for the 2019 Island Games in Gibraltar, the Island’s top players still have a major tournament to prepare for over the coming months, following confirmation of a replacement event in Ynys Mon.

Jason Fox

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