Breaking: Paul Brownlie announced as new Motherwell head coach

The 38-year-old will join the SWPL 1 side at the end of the season

Motherwell have announced Paul Brownlie as their new head coach.

The 38-year-old will join the Lanarkshire club in June at the end of the current season.

Brownlie has previously been part of Celtic’s Women academy, the Scottish FA set-up, and Motherwell elite men’s academy.

“I’m delighted to be given this opportunity,” said Brownlie. “The challenge is going to be exciting.

“First and foremost, it’s about getting Motherwell FC in the best position possible through my experience of the game, looking at how we can go and compete at the right end of the league.

“In terms of the academy, we want to get it out the best level possible, and that remit falls with me.

“We want Motherwell to be the place girls want to come to develop in Scotland. We need only to look at the success the boys have had and ask if we can mirror that success by putting in the work to make it one of the best academies in Scotland.”

The position was vacant after Eddie Wolecki Black left the post days before the restart of the SWPL 1 campaign.

Interim boss Stewart Hall has been in charge for the last 10 games; beating Hearts and Forfar Farmington to lift the side to within two points of sixth place.

Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows told the club’s official website: “We ran what I believe to be a very extensive and robust recruitment process through Sport Careers Agency, which has concluded with Paul’s appointment.

“In Paul, I believe I have someone who can not only lead our senior team in SWPL1 but also help us shape what we hope will be one of the best girls academies in the country.

“My aim has always been to have someone to really drive this side of the club forward. To give ownership to someone to really grow what we believe is an area of huge potential.”

Interim manager Stewart Hall will be the guest on the next episode of the Anyone’s Game podcast. Subscribe now for for the discounted price of 60p a week to receive the podcast straight to your e-mail inbox.

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