Tottenham Women sack Rehanne Skinner with Vicky Jepson to take charge against Leicester | Football News


Tottenham Women have sacked Rehanne Skinner after a run of nine successive defeats in the WSL, with assistant coach Vicky Jepson to take interim charge.

Spurs have not won any of their WSL games since beating Brighton 8-0 in October – which proved to be Hope Powell’s last match in charge of the Seagulls – and also bowed out of both cup competitions in that time.

Tottenham lost to Liverpool in the league on Sunday, leaving then 10th in the WSL table – two points ahead of Leicester, who they face on Wednesday. It is set to be a crunch relegation match for both sides.

Spurs have won just three of their 14 WSL matches under Skinner this season, despite signing Drew Spence, Bethany England and Mana Iwabuchi in the last two transfer windows.

England’s arrival from Chelsea in January marked a British-record fee for a women’s player at £250,000.

Managing director Andy Rogers said: “Since joining us in 2020, Rehanne has played an integral role in our development in the women’s game, both on and off the field.

“She has carried out her duties with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail, and we should like to thank her for everything she has done for us over the course of her tenure.”

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Skinner initially joined Tottenham in November 2020, taking over from Karen Hills and Juan Amoros, having previously been England Women’s assistant head coach under Phil Neville.

In her first season, Spurs finished eighth in the WSL, before an impressive fifth-place finish and reaching the semi-finals of the Conti Cup last season.

Why there is a lack of female coaches in football

Currently, only a third of the WSL has a female head coach, while 12 of the 32 nations at this summer's World Cup will have a woman manager at the helm (Getty, AP and PA Images)
Currently, only a third of the WSL has a female head coach, while 12 of the 32 nations at this summer’s World Cup will have a woman manager in charge

Arsenal Women manager Jonas Eidevall put it succinctly when he recently said: “You can have female Prime Ministers, but you can’t have a female coach coaching in the Premier League for some reason? Why?”

Some 34 years after Channel 4’s television series The Manageress, which followed the fortunes of a woman taking charge of a fictional professional men’s football team, we are yet to see a female head coach step into the dugout in any of the top flights of the British men’s leagues.

Yet when you consider that only a third of managers in the Women’s Super League are female, and six of the 12 managers in the league below in the Championship, the most pertinent point that should be raised first and foremost: where are all the female head coaches in women’s football?