Signeul Of Good Times Ahead?

Last updated : 25 January 2005 By Ed_ScottishFitba
The SFA have found a replacement for Vera Pauw in the shape of Anna Signeul to be the new Scotland women’s national coach. The 43-year-old Swede has extensive experience in European competition and won the Under 18 UEFA Women’s Championship as a coach. With over 240 appearances to her name as a player in the Swedish Women’s Premier League you cannot say she lacks experience. She has been the head coach for Swedish girls’ youth teams since 1996. Signeul said on her appointment: "I am honoured to be the Scotland women’s national coach and relish the challenge. The Scottish FA has invested a lot of resources in women’s football and I am delighted with the opportunity to join the association. The Scotland squad have made great progress and are at a good level, and hopefully we can work together to build on this. I am looking forward to getting started. "

Signeul will have to get her skates on after she starts her job on 1 March as her first game in charge is expected to be Scotland v Belgium on Saturday 12 March, to be played at McDiarmid Park. The Scotland Squad is currently ranked in the 1st Strength Category (1-20) in Europe, and the team’s long-term goal is to qualify for the UEFA Women’s Championships play-offs in 2007. With her post costing £58,864, taking into account
salary, travel, competition and professional development costs, coming from National Performance Coach funding totalling from sportscotland, they have a vested interest in seeing a decent return on thier investment. Alastair Dempster, Chairman, sportscotland, said: "I am delighted that the SFA has appointed Anna Signeul as the new women’s football national coach. sportscotland is committed to ensuring that governing bodies are capable of delivering at the highest level by putting in place the type of performance coach support that will benefit them most. Anna brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience as head coach for Swedish girls’ youth teams that will be invaluable to continue the development of Scotland’s national squad. sportscotland’s aim is to create a sporting culture in Scotland that values the diversity of women and encourages their full involvement in every aspect of sport. The significant achievements of the women’s national squad over the last four years is fantastic and I wish the squad all the best in achieving qualification for the final stages of the Women’s World Cup."

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