West Ham Manager Matt Beard Reading Women v West Ham United Women SSE Women's FA Cup Semi Final football match, Adams Park Stadium, Wycombe, UK - 14 Apr 2019 Photo: Paul Gregory for The FA

Former West Ham United boss to cover Bristol City managerial position

Former West Ham United manager Matt Beard will fill in at Bristol City for Tanya Oxtoby’s upcoming maternity leave according to reports on The Robins’ official website.

The 43-year-old will take charge of Bristol City with immediate effect and will remain in the position for the remainder of the season.

The Robins’ permanent boss Oxtoby is set to give birth next month and will therefore step away from the game and take maternity leave, initially for the next four to five months.

Beard left West Ham United by mutual consent in November after being in charge of the East Londoners for more than two years. He helped The Hammers establish themselves as a full-time Barclays FA Women’s Super League club while he also guided them to a first Wembley appearance in the 2018/2019 Women’s FA Cup final.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool boss takes charge of a Bristol City side who are yet to win in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season and are rooted to the bottom of the table. The Robins did have some success in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup this week as they qualified for the semi-finals of the competition.

Beard will take charge of Bristol City for the first time when they travel to Everton on Sunday.

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