Liverpool have announced that former boss Matt Beard has returned to the club as their new manager.
The 43-year-old returns to Merseyside six years on from initially leaving The Reds after guiding them to back-to-back FA Women’s Super League 1 titles.
Liverpool announced Beard’s return on their official club website earlier this afternoon. The news comes just hours after Beard’s departure from his former club Bristol City was confirmed.
The first challenge for Beard at Liverpool is to win another league title, this time the FA Women’s Championship title, a prize which would include Liverpool’s much-needed return to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. The Reds were relegated from the top flight on a points per game basis 12 months ago and they have failed to win promotion back to the top tier at the first attempt.
Beard will come up against his former club Bristol City in next season’s FA Women’s Championship. The Londoner has filled in for Tanya Oxtoby’s maternity leave during the last three-and-a-half months but was unable to stave off the threat of relegation despite his best efforts.
Speaking to Liverpool’s media team following his reappointment as the club’s manager, Beard said “I’m delighted to be back at Liverpool Women. When the opportunity arose it was something I wanted to do. I’ve always followed the club since I left, it’s close to my heart.
“When you’re here and then you’re away from the football club you realise how special and unique it is.
“I’ve never been in a city or worked for a football club where the football is the be all and end all to the supporters. I just can’t wait to get started.
“It’s a fascinating football club, it’s a fascinating city. Myself and my family loved our time here and we’re really looking forward to coming back.”
Liverpool’s interim manager Amber Whiteley will stay on and assist Beard while the club have not announced any immediate changes to the backroom staff.