Anna Signeul to step down as Scotland coach after the UEFA Euro 2017 to become head coach of Finland
Scottish Women’s National Team head coach, Anna Signeul will step down as head coach after UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 this summer to become head coach of the Finland national team
Anna Signeul is set to lead Scotland to their first-ever major tournament this summer after an historic qualification to the EURO hosted in Netherlands.
After 12 years with Scotland, this will be the last challenge for Anna Signeul who will be taking on the role as head coach of the Finland Women’s National Team.
Signeul said on the Scottish FA official website:
“Firstly, I would like to say that after 12 great years in Scotland I am proud that this squad have made the journey to their first-ever European Championships,”
“This was a wonderful achievement and one that has been thoroughly deserved.
“These players are dedicated, professional and have overcome adversity to become the formidable players they are, individually and collectively.
“The support of the clubs in ensuring we continue to develop an elite environment for the players has been a really humbling experience for me.
“The volume of work undertaken by the volunteers in the clubs is immense. I would like to thank the players, clubs and parents for their support.
“Scotland and its people will always have a very special place in my heart.
“I felt it was important to clarify my future now so that we can prepare without any distractions. We have an intensive programme of fixtures and while it has been a terrific achievement to reach the finals, we are determined to go there and make an impact.
“The focus for the players and staff is on the Euro’s and we know there is a lot of work to be done to prepare the team for the tournament in the Netherlands.
“Now that I have explained to the players the reasons for leaving and taking up an offer to coach Finland, we will concentrate on making sure we are in the best condition possible for the finals.
“I would like to thank our Chief Executive, Stewart Regan and our President, Alan McRae, for their support for girls’ and women’s football in Scotland. I will leave Scotland with fond memories but I am convinced the greatest memories lie ahead in the coming months.”
Malky Mackay will begin the process of recruiting Anna’s successor, with a view to a new national coach being appointed in time to take over immediately after the finals.