Vicky Jepson has been named first-team manager for Liverpool FC Women after nine years with the club. The club’s official Twitter account made the announcement on Friday.
The unexpected departure of Neil Redfearn is no longer an issue for the Reds. Vicky Jepson will step up to the plate, with Chris Kirkland to remain as the assistant.
The two took on a joint-caretaker role following Redfearn’s absence. Working closely together with the players, they have dug Liverpool out of a rut.
Jepson has expressed her delight with the promotion. “I was on the M56 when he told me and I was absolutely delighted and overwhelmed,” Jepson said after CEO Peter Moore told her the news.
“I promised Peter I will do everything I can to make sure the players keep on stepping in the right direction and the staff will keep working as hard as they have done,” she said. “More importantly, we will protect the brand of Liverpool Football Club.”
In just under a decade, Jepson has contributed a mammoth amount to Liverpool. She was promoted from Development Coach to Redfearn’s first-team backroom staff.
While coaching the Women’s team on weekends, Jepson also worked for the LFC Foundation during her weekdays. Because of her dedication the sport, she gained the title of FA Female Development Coach of the Year in 2015.
Jepson’s impact on the team is evident through the positive tweets from players and fans alike. Captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland gushed that she ‘couldn’t be happier about the news’.
Peter Moore also described her as “a highly-regarded coach, tactician and leader”.
The new manager’s first game in charge will be Sunday’s fixture against Chelsea at Kingsmeadow.