Millwall Lionesses hand director of football role to ex-Gunner Losa with Phillips the new first-team coach

Millwall Lionesses have also announced the appointments of two new members of staff – with former Arsenal manager Pedro Martinez Losa appointed as director of football and Chris Phillips as first-team coach.

Losa said: “I have been really impressed and motivated with the new board of directors of the Lionesses and their ambitious plans for the future and I can’t wait to start working for the club. In spite of the difficulties from last season the club has a clear strategy for the future and I am really honoured to be part of this project

“Millwall Lionesses is a club which presents a unique opportunity for girls, women and coaches to develop. We want to offer an inclusive project for all, to encourage and inspire girls and women for life. The Lionesses aim is to become the best club in London for the provision of sport and education opportunities for girls and women.

“We aim to develop young players to give them the opportunity to play for the first team. It is important that the Lionesses connect with the unique fan base and London community that is the Millwall family.”

Chairman Diane Culligan said: “The Lionesses Board was enormously impressed by his experience and achievements in women’s’ football and by his commitments to the visions of the Millwall family. This is the beginning of an exciting and ambitious long term project for the Lionesses. Our aim is to return Millwall Lionesses to the top flight of women’s football. Pedro will join the club as a new director of  football and will be responsible of the vision and strategic plan for the future.”
With Chris Phillips appointed, Losa said: “Chris has shown an incredible dedication and passion for any project that he worked for and was a key part of the development of many young players at Arsenal WFC.

“He will be a great addition to the project and will integrate very well in to the club’s philosophy and plans for the future.”

Phillips added: “I am thrilled to take up the position of first team coach of Millwall Lionesses. The directors put forward their new vision of how they wished to move forward and it matched my ambitions perfectly.

“I feel we can put together a young and hungry team that will represent the club’s values well and play entertaining football that spectators will enjoy.

“As a Londoner I would love to see us engage as much as possible with the wonderful fan base that Millwall FC has. It feels we are at the start of something new and special and I can’t wait to take the first session and start working for this fantastic club.”

Victoria Wootton is the latest player to leave the Lionesses, following Rianna Dean and Charlie Devlin moving to Tottenham and Manchester United respectively.

The defender has stepped away from football to focus on her career, announcing her departure on Twitter.
She said: “The hardest decision in the world to make but it’s time for me to focus on my career and exciting new projects ahead.”




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