Manchester City have announced the appointment of Jayne Ludlow MBE as their new Girls’ Academy Technical Director.
The 42-year-old former Welsh national team head coach returns to the game following a three-month absence.
Manchester City announced Ludlow’s appointment via an official club press release earlier today. She will oversee the development of the club’s up and coming young players at the City Football Academy with a view to further strengthening the pathway to senior football.
Speaking to City’s official media team following her appointment, Ludlow said “I am excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to join Manchester City Football Club as Technical Director of the Girls’ Academy.
“I look forward to ensuring that our Academy prioritises personal and football development so that our next generation positively impact the game and societies of the future.
“I am also committed to helping facilitate a creative, positive learning environment where both coaches and players can thrive and one that enables them to reach the highest levels of the game.”
Ludlow spent more than six years in charge of the Welsh national team in which the nation ran England close to FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification in 2019. Wales famously drew 0-0 with the Lionesses at St Mary’s Stadium in April 2018. The nation did not qualify for a first major tournament during Ludlow’s tenure but they did make huge strides forward on and off the pitch.
In January 2021, Ludlow made the decision to leave her post with the Welsh national team. She has since been linked with a return to former club Arsenal but it is Manchester City where here immediate future lies.