JENNY Sugarman reckons the role of Derby County Ladies manager is one of the most exciting in the women’s game.
Sugarman, 31, will take over from John Bennett at the end of the current season – becoming the first female Ewes boss in 18 years.
“Ask anyone within the women’s game and they will tell you that the developments and progress that have taken place at Derby this season are incredible,” said Sugarman.
“The club have moved from being one that only stayed up on the last day of last season to an established Premier League side who only weeks ago turned over title-chasing Nottingham Forest on their own patch.
“In addition to that big things have been happening off the pitch on the back of the appointment of Duncan (Gibb) as chief executive and John Griffiths as director of football
“It came as little surprise to learn that over 20 prospective managers wanted to work with them, given what has happened at the club since they came on board.
“I’m just pleased that they chose me !”
Sugarman, whose career on the pitch was cut short by injury, has a wealth of experience within the women’s game.
She played for Shrewsbury Town, Coventry City and Leicester City – while also appearing in the Under-17 Schoolgirls World Cup final aged 12.
Sugarman has coached at Shrewsbury, Wolves Women, Leicester and New York Red Bulls.
She was appointed Birmingham University Women’s FC manager in 2011.
Meanewhile, Gibb praised the outgoing Bennett, who is stepping down due to work commitments.
The Derby County Ladies FC chief executive said: “JB took up the role three years ago with a clear mandate to leave the club in a better position that when he came on board.
“In my view he has delivered on that promise 100 per cent and can feel hugely proud of his achievements.
“In allowing us the time to make the right appointment to follow him, we have been able secure Jenny’s services and we are hopeful that she can continue the great work done by John.
“In Jenny we see a bright young manager who has ambitions to manage at Women’s Super League level and we very much hope that she will achieve that with us.”