Willie Kirk Resigns As Everton Women Manager

Willie Kirk has resigned from his role as manager of Everton Women following a poor start to the 2021-22 WSL season.

His departure comes as the Toffees sit eighth in the WSL after a poor start to the season and lost their opening Continental Cup clash 5-1 at Manchester City in midweek, despite having spent heavy on recruitment in summer on players like Toni Duggan and Aurora Galli.

In a statement, Everton said: ‘Everton can confirm that Willie Kirk has left his position as manager of the Club’s Women’s team.

The Club would like to thank Willie for his service and wish him well for the future.’

Kirk’s departure sees a near three-year spell at Everton come to an end in which he developed the team into a competitive outfit, as well as guiding them to the 2019-20 Women’s FA Cup Final where the club lost to Man City in extra time.

Speaking about his time at the club, Kirk said: “I am thankful to the Club for the opportunity that they gave me three years ago. During that time, we have made tremendous progress both on and off the pitch and I leave the Club in a better place.

“Without a doubt, the highlight was the FA Cup final less than a year ago, a memory that will stay with me forever.”

Reflecting on what went wrong this season, Kirk added: “Unfortunately, this season has not started the way we anticipated, due to a very tough opening fixture list and the re-building of a squad with eight new players.”

The 43 year-old went on to pay tribute to his squad and wished them all well for their futures, saying: “I have no doubt the talented squad that I leave behind can go on to have a very bright future.

“I wish the Club, the staff and the players my very best wishes.”

The club have already confirmed that they will be seeking to appoint a new manager ahead of their next match, which sees Everton visit Leicester in the Continental Cup on Wednesday 3 November.

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