Tottenham have a new manager
Tottenham Hotspur have named England assistant coach Rehanne Skinner as the new head coach of their women’s team, just hours after sacking long-time duo Karen Hill and Juan Amoros.
Skinner, who was promoted to Phil Neville’s senior England coaching set-up this summer and has spent a decade working within the FA, was unveiled as Amoros and Hills’ replacement on Thursday, signing a contract extending to the end of the 2022-23 season. She is the second member of Neville’s coaching staff to move on to a high-profile job this season, with Beverly Priestman made manager of the Canada national team last month.
Hill and Amoros were axed just two months after signing new two-year contracts, having failed to register a single win in the Women’s Super League this season after six games and sit second-bottom of the table.
On Wednesday night Amoros had been upbeat after Tottenham secured their first ever points against north London rivals Arsenal, in a 2-2 draw in the Continental League Cup before they lost the penalty shoot-out. But it was not enough to save his or Hills’ jobs.
"The club can announce that Karen Hills and Juan Amoros have been relieved of their duties with immediate effect," a club statement read on Thursday. "This decision has not been taken lightly and has been made in the best interests of the team, with the belief that a fresh approach will offer renewed impetus as we seek to continue our upward trajectory and positive growth."
One of the longest-serving managers in the elite women’s game, Hills arrived at Tottenham in 2007 – when the side was completely amateur – and masterminded three promotions in the space of five years. Amoros linked up with her in 2011, and the club won promotion to the women’s top flight at the start of the 2019-20 season. This season they made headlines when securing the signing of the season in USA women’s football superstar Alex Morgan, who joined on loan.
But she and the club will be steered by Skinner from now on, calling upon the club coaching experience that saw her co-found Leicester City’s women’s side and spells at Arsenal between 2010 and 2013.
“I am really excited to be joining Tottenham Hotspur and cannot wait to get started in the WSL after the international break," Skinner said. "The club’s philosophy and future plans are something I was really keen to be a part of. They have shown a real commitment to the women’s team and have come a long way in a short period of time which is a credit to all the players and staff involved.
“There is some incredible experience within this squad and I am looking forward to getting to work.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Matt Beard also exited his role as West Ham’s head coach in a decision the club described as "amicable". Beard was appointed in 2018, after the club became a professional outfit and was awarded entry to the Women’s Super League. He guided them to Wembley for their first ever FA Cup final in May 2019, but their third season in the WSL has got off to a rocky start of just one win in their first seven league games.