London City Lionesses head coach Melissa Phillips says that the club will continue to build towards their aim of becoming a Barclays FA Women’s Super League side.
Phillips has today signed a new contract with The Pride and she says that the club have a hunger to reach the promised land of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League in the future.
London City Lionesses will finish the 2020/2021 campaign in sixth position in the FA Women’s Championship table and Phillips says that the aim is to continue building as the club look to mount a push for promotion in the not-so-distant future.
“I’d say that we are all hungry,” Phillips told FAWSL Full-Time when asked about the club’s aims of reaching the top flight. “We know the work that goes into that type of a season. You look at the last five years or so in the Women’s Championship and the team that has been promoted has only really had one or two losses, so it is a tall order.
“It is something where every little piece has to be moving in the right direction and we all have to be pulling together and I think that is what we have been able to establish this year, what that is supposed to look like in an elite performing environment. There are a lot of things that we have to continue to put in place and continue to work hard towards to get there.
“The board are hungry for it, the staff are hungry for it, the players are hungry for it and that is the direction that we want to push towards.”
If London City Lionesses are to mount a more serious challenge for promotion next season, Phillips will undoubtedly need to build upon her squad. While The Pride have given away little at the back, a lack of goals scored has cost them at times and Phillips is ready to improve that area of the pitch over the summer, although developing the players who are already at the club will be equally as important.
“Everyone is looking for that next best goalscorer, the Katie Wilkinson’s and Natasha Flint’s of the league,” Phillips added. “Those are the difference-makers when it comes to having a good defensive side as well.
“We have a really strong nucleus to the team but we will always be looking to improve within.
“Recruitment will be important for us but for me, it has always been about improving and developing the current squad and figuring out what we have and giving them the best opportunities to succeed from within.”
Phillips has taken charge of the Lionesses on 17 occasions this season and she has recorded a 35.29% win rate in all competitions.