Leicester City Women manager, Jonathan Morgan has signed a new contract to remain in charge of the Foxes.
Morgan first joined Leicester Women in 2014-15 season when they were ran as an independent club before turning professional last season, after the owners of the men’s team brought ownership of the women’s team and brought the club in-house.
Having guided the Foxes to FA Women’s Midlands Division One title in 2015-16 season, Morgan went on to establish the club in the Women’s Northern Division before the club earned promotion via license application to the Women’s Championship for 2018-19 season.
Last season however proved to be Morgan’s most successful season yet as Leicester Women’s manager after he guided the Foxes to promotion from the Women’s Championship with 50 points from 20 matches, with the team concluding their campaign with their maiden home game at King Power Stadium.
Morgan also guided the team to the semi-finals of the Women’s League Cup where they lost to Bristol City, whilst reaching the Quarter-Finals of Women’s FA Cup for a second consecutive season with the 2020-21 competition set to conclude across this Autumn.
Speaking on his decision to stay on as manager, Morgan said: “For me, there was never a doubt that I wanted to continue the journey into the WSL and I’m just very delighted that we were able to get the deal over the line.”
Reflecting on the success of last season, Morgan described the campaign as “formidable” after breaking various second-tier record as they clinched promotion by eight points from Durham.
Morgan though ultimately attributed the club’s improved fortunes to their decision to turn professional and train at an elite facility in Belvoir Drive, commenting: “It’s just that professionalism that I don’t think you can replicate elsewhere, because this is ours, it’s the women’s, it’s the girls’ set-up.
“We’ve got our youth set-up coming in here now as well. It’s brilliant.
“To have a fully women’s and girls’ elite facility is something that I think most young girls would only dream of and now for those girls out there it’s a reality at Leicester and something to really aspire to.”
With fixtures for 2021-22 Women’s Super League (WSL) season set to be announced imminently, Morgan has confessed to feeling “excited” yet is wary that this campaign will “be a very, very big challenge” yet is already relishing this opportunity after extensive recruitment and retainment.
On what the team needs to do in order to survive their maiden WSL season, Morgan said: “All we need to do now is do what we did last year, focus on us, be respectful of all the teams, but not fear anyone and just play our style, which is well underway behind the scenes.”