Just in: Bolton Wanderers announce new manager

Who will lead WANDERERS’ reborn women’s team this season has been revealed.

Myles Smith, a former West Ham and Manchester United coach, will take charge of leading the team, which is being brought back under the club’s purview for the first time.

Smith, who has been working with Al-Ittihad’s women’s team in the Saudi Premier League, will begin his new role at the conclusion of his contract in Saudi Arabia.

Step six of the women’s football pyramid in the North West Regional League Division One North, Wanderers currently play their home games at Atherton Colls’ Skuna Stadium. Carl Halliwell will also stay with the team as an assistant coach.

Smith declared, “I’m really excited to be involved in such an exciting project for the football team.”

“This is a big club, and now that the men’s team is making excellent strides to keep improving, it’s time to start the women’s squad down the same route.

“I believe that my experience in a variety of tasks during my career will prepare me well to tackle this. Since taking the position, I’ve only observed good things, so I’m eager to get started.

What thrills me about the women’s squad is its huge potential. I’m confident that the team will assist this football team move up the leagues and become a successful team, and I’m excited to collaborate with Carl Halliwell and the entire team to accomplish our objectives.

More than 180 applications were received for the manager position, according to Chief Executive Neil Hart, but Smith’s hiring marks a significant advancement for the group.

“It gives us great pleasure to have Myles join the team. As we start the process of developing Bolton Wanderers Women, he will have our complete support,” he declared.

This is a really exciting initiative that is just getting started, and Myles has proven throughout that he has the abilities to guide the women’s team in its first season while we (the club) oversee operations and future plans.

The news that Carl Halliwell will continue in his role as assistant coach also makes us very happy. Carl is an intelligent individual who has spent many years with the Wanderers Women’s and Youth Teams.

“I’m also happy to announce that starting in the 2024–2025 season, Wanderers Women will have their home games at Skuna Stadium, which is the home of Atherton Collieries. We would like to express our gratitude to Paul Gregory and the staff at the Colls for their collaboration in forming this alliance.

“Wanderers fans will have plenty of opportunities to support the women’s team at the 1,500-capacity stadium, as all fixtures will be announced via club channels as soon as they are released.”

Wanderers has announced that this summer, a new uniform for the women’s team would be unveiled and sold in the club store.

The team’s goal is to get three promotions in the following five years and will play semi-professionally.

They would thereafter play in the third division of the FAWNL Northern Premier Division, which is where teams like Burnley, Wolves, Nottingham Forest, and Newcastle United competed in the previous campaign.


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