Glasgow City announce Eileen Gleeson as new head coach

Irish manager determined to add to City success after signing two-year deal

Glasgow City’s “refusal to stand still” is what helped persuade Eileen Gleeson to become the new head coach of the Scottish champions.

The Irishwoman will begin her reign next month, signing a two-year contract to take over from interim boss Grant Scott.

Gleeson will step down from her role as Republic of Ireland assistant manager following the World Cup qualifying double header with Sweden and Finland.

“For many years I have admired the progressive, ambitious, and inclusive values promoted by Glasgow City and their ongoing commitment to providing opportunities and pathways for girls and women to participate at all levels of the game,” said Gleeson.

“Glasgow City are a trail blazing club who continue to push boundaries, and drive standards in Scottish women’s football and beyond as demonstrated by their unrivalled success both on and off the pitch.

“I am delighted to be part of such a club where winning ways are driven by a culture of high standards and a refusal to stand still. I want to add to Glasgow City’s success and will be very ambitious about this.”

Gleeson won six trophies with Peamount United, including the domestic treble in 2010 and leading them into the last 32 of the Champions League.

She has also managed at UCD Waves, earning runners up spots in both the 2014/15 league and 2014 FAI Women’s Cup.

Glasgow City chief executive Laura Montgomery said: “I made no secret some months ago that this was not a position we would be advertising. We have had a clear plan for some time regarding succession at our football club and were prepared to play the long game to ensure we got the candidate we were after.

“I first met Eileen over five years ago and have known since then that I would want her to be head coach of our football club one day.

“Her football knowledge, player management skills and attention to detail is in my opinion unrivalled, and you only have to look at the PhD she is about complete, based on decision making in elite football, to know that she is not only an intelligent woman, but one who’s own thirst for knowledge and to improve is impressive.”

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