Manchester United Women have appointed Marc Skinner as their new head coach. The former Birmingham City and Orland Pride manager has signed a two-year contract with an option for a third.
Skinner held various roles at Birmingham City from 2006 until his departure. He was the technical director, reserve team head coach, and first-team goalkeeping coach. In December 2016, he was promoted to the position of head coach of the first team. In his first season, he finished seventh and made the FA Cup final. He finished in the fifth position the following season. When he left in the middle of the 18/19 season, they were fourth. All this while on a tighter budget than the heavyweights above him.
His time at Orlando pride was not as inspiring. It began with a nine-match winless run and they were bottom of the pile. However, things began to pick up towards the end of the 2021 season. He took Orlando Pride on a nine-game streak that matched Orlando’s record all-time unbeaten run in all competitions. A record set in October 2017.
Former Manchester United Women boss Casey Stoney stepped down on the 12th of May, 2021. She took over as boss of San Diego NWSL and now 38-year-old Marc Skinner has taken her place.
Marc Skinner said: “I am excited and proud to become head coach at Manchester United. I’m looking forward to working closely with the staff and this talented group of players. Our focus is to build on everything they have already achieved in the women’s game. It’s an exciting opportunity to lead the team into what will be another competitive WSL season. I want us to achieve success together and our aim is to give the fans a team they can continue to be proud of.”
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, said: “Marc is a coach with proven pedigree in the WSL and we are delighted he is joining the club and returning to the league after his recent time in the US. Our commitment to the continued development and success of the women’s team is total, and we see Marc’s appointment, along with the talented squad and players recruited this summer, as key to that process.”
Football director John Murtough, said: “First and foremost, Marc is an excellent coach, but he also has incredible drive, ambition and a vision for the team, which really impressed us during the recruitment process. We are confident that Marc is the best person to be leading the team as we look forward to another exciting season.”