Both team walk onto the pitch. London City Lionesses v London Bees, Women’s Championship football match, Princes Park stadium, London, UK - 12 Jan 2020 Photo: Sean Ryan for The FA

Phillips confirmed as new London City Lionesses head coach

Melissa Phillips has been named the new permanent head coach of FA Women’s Championship club London City Lionesses.

Phillips has taken up the role on a permanent basis just a week on from being named caretaker boss after former head coach Lisa Fallon opted to leave the club due to family circumstances.

London City Lionesses got off to a great start under Phillips when they recorded their first victory of the season against London Bees last weekend. The Pride won 2-1 at Princes Park thanks to goals from Alli Murphy and Harley Bennett. That victory was the club’s first in 2020.

FA Women’s Super League Full-Time were notified of Phillips’ appointment this afternoon in an official club press release. The new London City Lionesses head coach was naturally pleased to get the opportunity to succeed Fallon at the FA Women’s Championship club. She said “I am incredibly humbled by the opportunity to lead the London City Lionesses first team in a greater capacity.

“For me, leadership isn’t a matter of your title but rather the impact and influence you have on an organisation. My role since joining London City has been to help drive the vision, values and ambitions of the club forward.

“I am grateful for Diane (Culligan) and the Board’s belief in me and the opportunity to continue doing so as the next head coach. I feel we have only just scratched the surface of our potential and am excited for the journey ahead.

“I have so much respect and appreciation for the players’ continued commitment to the club’s ambitions; they are truly a resilient group and are growing each day together.

“My aim is to create an environment that each player thrives in, focused on holistic player development and elevating our current culture and football philosophy.”

London City Lionesses travel to Blackburn Rovers this weekend for their latest FA Women’s Championship fixture.

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