Stoke City Ladies have agreed to part company with first team management team Tim Dudding and Tom Davies by mutual consent.
The decision comes after a poor run of form that has left them in seventh position in the women’s National League Northern Division, the third tier of women’s football in England.
Just last month, the future looked bright for Stoke City Ladies, reaching the fourth round of the FA Cup and pushing women’s Championship side Aston Villa all the way, eventually losing 2-1.
But a draw with Sheffield and losses to Derby, Middlesbrough and Guiseley Vixens bookmarked the cup campaign and were ultimately the managers’ downfall.
After an increase in investment in the women’s side in recent years, the next manager will be expected to climb the table despite an increased competitiveness in the women’s game.
It’s likely for the team to progress to the Championship – currently containing the likes of Manchester United Women– further investment from the men’s club will be necessary.
Reserve team manager Mike Harris has also left the club by mutual consent.
A statement on the club website said: “The Ladies would like to thank the trio for their commitment and efforts during their time at the club and wish them the very best for the future.”
Stoke City Ladies will continue their league campaign on Thursday night, where they will face Nottingham Forest Ladies.
They released the following statement on social media regarding their coaching team for the rest of the season.
COACHING TEAM UPDATE
Our coaching team for the remainder of the season will be Chloe Jones, Ste Appleton, Lucy Ridgway, Jack Shirley and Tom Read #SCFC 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/x4HV5NZ0ua— Stoke City Ladies FC (@scfc_ladies) 14 March 2019