Gemma Davies head coach of Aston Villa Ladies Aston Villa Ladies v Sheffield United Women, Women's Championship football match, Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, Birmingham, UK - 18 Aug 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Aston Villa announce the departures of head coach Davies and assistant Sugarman

Aston Villa have today announced the departures of head coach Gemma Davies and her assistant Jenny Sugarman.

This follows the news this morning that interim manager Marcus Bignot has also left the club after securing another season of Barclays FA Women’s Super League football courtesy of a goalless draw with Arsenal yesterday.

Davies joined Villa in 2018 in the wake of the club’s ninth-place finish in the old FA Women’s Super League 2. Her first season in charge saw The Villains cement their place in the all-new FA Women’s Championship, finishing in a very respectable sixth.

The former Birmingham City and Coventry United coach then guided her side to promotion in 2019/2020, securing first place in an unbeaten league campaign. This achievement saw Davies collect many plaudits as she became the youngest manager in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League at the age of just 28.

Aston Villa have struggled in their first season in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League despite achieving their goal of survival with a draw in their final fixture against Arsenal yesterday. Finding themselves in the midst of a relegation battle, Villa brought Bignot in as interim manager in January, as Davies maintained her head coach position, though the ins and outs of the new dynamic were largely unknown.

In a short statement on their website, the club said they ‘would like to thank both Gemma and Jenny for all their efforts while at Aston Villa and wish them every success for the future.’

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