The genuinely best person for the job finally got the position. Liverpool FC Women have been without a true manager since the sudden departure of Neil Redfearn two matches into the new season, with Chris Kirkland being appointed caretaker manager and Vicky Jepson stepping in as his assistant.
It was finally announced that the positions would be flipped permanently, with Vicky Jepson taking over the head role for Liverpool FC Women and Chris Kirkland acting as her assistant and returning to his position as goalkeeping coach. Jepson had been working with the club since 2009, working with the LFC Foundation and the Development squads for LFC Women. She joined Neil Redfearn’s backroom this summer during his appointment, along with Kirkland, as an assistant and has always been the true best person for the job.
“I am absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to take charge of Liverpool FC Women,” said Jepson of her new position.
“I have been at the club for a number of years now, so I know what is expected and I will be looking to carry on the good work from the players and staff in recent weeks.
“The club holds a special place close to my heart, so I am absolutely thrilled to have been appointed as the permanent manager. The players have been fantastic since Chris and I took charge last month so hopefully we can continue with our recent good run of form.”
Jepson has been with the club for nearly tens years in different roles, but has proven herself the most capable person for the job due to her dedication and knowledge of the club.
“It’s overwhelming in a way,” continued Jepson, on the journey that brought her to this position.
“There were the long nights with working in the day with the Foundation then working with the women’s youth section in the evenings, but I’ve seen a lot of our graduates come through the centre of excellence and are now playing in our first team or have gone on to play for other Women’s Super League clubs.
“The journey is a proud one, one I have been patient with and been very loyal to the club. I’m just delighted to take the reins now. With the outstanding staff we have working together with the brilliant players we have, we have got to keep stepping forward.”
Peter Moore threw his full support behind the new manager, saying: “We are thrilled to have appointed Vicky as the new Liverpool FC Women’s manager and have every confidence that the squad will thrive with Vicky at the helm permanently.
“We have conducted a thorough global search for the role, and in conclusion we have determined that Vicky’s knowledge of the club, her technical knowledge and qualifications, and the rapport that she has built with the team made her the standout candidate for the position.”
Jepson led the Women in her first match as manager against Chelsea on Sunday at Kingsmeadow Stadium, which they narrowly lost 1-0. She’ll lead them out for the first time at home next weekend against Manchester City at Prenton Park. Wish her well!