The FA has announced the appointment of Mark Sampson as the new Head Coach of the England Senior Women’s Team.
Sampson has signed a four year contract with the senior squad and will begin work with immediate effect, with his first task being to name a squad for the January training camp in La Manga.
The 31-year-old will leave his position at FA Women’s Super League club Bristol Academy WFC and will report to Director of Football Development Sir Trevor Brooking and the Club England Board.
He will work closely with the national coaches and the new Head of Elite Women’s Development at St George’s Park to improve England teams at all levels and support the player pathway up to the Senior Women’s team.
Sampson commented on The FA.com: “I’m very proud and honoured to be offered the opportunity by The FA to manage the England Women’s senior team.
“Women’s football in England is in a fantastic place right now, with the growth and development of the game in the last few years, and I am ready to give everything I have to build a team that every English supporter can be proud of.
“I am also very thankful to Brent for the excellent work he has done in helping the team get off to a winning start in the qualifying campaign for the World Cup in 2015. The aim is to build on this momentum going forwards, and I look forward to the first training camp in January.
“This is a huge challenge for me personally and one in which I’m looking forward to taking on. I hope everyone in the game can unite behind me and the squad and together we can share a new and exciting journey for women’s football in England.”
Sampson enjoyed five successful years in charge at Bristol Academy, leading the club to two FA Women’s Cup Finals and qualifying for Champions League football for the first time in its history.
He also achieved Bristol’s highest top-flight league position, finishing runners-up to Liverpool Ladies FC on the final day of the WSL season.
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