Liverpool will face a real challenge to win promotion back to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League next season under new boss Matt Beard according to the results of an exclusive FA Women’s Super League Full-Time fan poll.
The 43-year-old returned to the club earlier today as Liverpool finally filled their managerial vacancy. Beard won back-to-back FA Women’s Super League 1 titles in his first spell on Merseyside which spanned between 2012 and 2015 and fans will be hoping that he can bring back some of that success.
With just one promotion place up for grabs in the FA Women’s Championship and as many as four or five clubs likely to be targeting the title next season, getting back to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League is going to be no easy task for Beard and his Liverpool side. After learning of his appointment, FA Women’s Super League Full-Time ran a Twitter poll asking fans whether they think Beard will help Liverpool to promotion at his first attempt. Fans voted in their numbers with 58.2% of the voters indicating that they don’t think that Liverpool will achieve promotion in 2021/2022.
Those ‘no’ votes could be influenced by a number of factors. These could include a lack of knowledge of what the Liverpool budget will be next year, the fact that The Reds will face some strong promotion contenders including some who will invest heavily in their squads and the fact that Beard may need time to bring in his own players and put a stamp on the squad.
The general vibe from Liverpool fans is that they are absolutely delighted to see a club legend return and after a difficult period, there seems to be a feeling that the appointment of Beard is a statement of intent and a real step forward. Interim boss Amber Whiteley has done a great job in her three months in charge and she is sure to help Beard bed in after being named his assistant.