Gemma Grainger leaves Wales Women to use up Norway Women head coach function|Football News

Gemma Grainger has actually stepped down as Wales Women supervisor to use up the Norway Women head coach function.

Grainger invested practically 3 years as Wales supervisor after her visit in March 2021, and has actually supervised an effective spell for the group.

She directed the group to the verge of credentials for last summer season’s Women’s World Cup, losing out to a last-minute defeat in the play-off last versus Switzerland.

Throughout the exact same duration, Wales signed up a record presence for a females’s worldwide match when 15,200 fans enjoyed their World Cup play-off semi-final versus Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Cardiff City Arena.

In the inaugural Women’s Nations League, Wales ended up bottom of Group A3, having actually played Germany, Denmark and Iceland. Their only point of the project was available in what ended up being Grainger’s last video game in charge – a 1-1 draw versus Germany at the Arena.

She will now take control of the previous World Cup and European champs Norway, with Leif Gunnar Smerud having actually remained in interim charge following the departure of Hege Riise after the World Cup. Norway were knocked out in the last 16 in Australia and New Zealand.

Grainger stated of her departure: “Over the last 3 years I have actually offered my body and soul to our journey, and I will be permanently grateful to have had the chance to deal with this group and happy country.

” It has actually been an honour and an advantage to deal with this group of gamers and personnel, and to represent a country that has actually supported the group with extraordinary pride and enthusiasm.

” I had no objective to leave Cymru, however I have actually been provided an unforeseen chance that I might not decline and it has actually been very hard for me to get to this point. I hope you understand the choice to leave has actually not been ignored.

” I really think this group is all set to take the next actions and certify. I’m positive the group can continue to construct and grow from this point forward.

” Cymru will permanently have a location in my heart, diolch am bopeth.”

Gemma Grainger's final game as Wales manager was a 0-0 draw against Germany in Swansea
Gemma Grainger’s last video game as Wales supervisor was a 0-0 draw versus Germany in Swansea.

Noel Mooney, FAW President, stated: “I want to put on record our genuine appreciation for what Gemma has actually accomplished throughout her time as Cymru nationwide group supervisor. She worked extremely tough with everybody at the FAW to supply the very best possible environment for the females’s nationwide group to be effective.

” We are actually delighted that we have actually advanced well under Gemma and now, we get in a duration of recruitment for a brand-new supervisor that will provide us the very best chance to receive Euro 2025 and the 2027 World Cup.”

FAW President, Steve Williams included: “I want to thank Gemma for her effort throughout her period as supervisor. Having actually continued to raise the requirements within the nationwide group set-up, I think her ultimate follower will have the tools to continue pressing this group to brand-new heights.”

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