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."
Ger Harley (firstname.lastname@example.org)