Doncaster Belles: Foreign interest in Belles’ boss hunt

Former Belles boss John Buckley. Photo: Via Getty Images
Former Belles boss John Buckley. Photo: Via Getty Images
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Doncaster Rovers Belles are keen to announce their new manager within the next few weeks and have received interest from abroad, the club have revealed.

The FA Women’s Super League club, who will be plying their trade in the new-look Division Two next year, have been welcoming applications for the vacant spot left by long-serving boss John Buckley.

The club said they have received a lot of interest in the managerial position from both ‘domestically and internationally’.

Julie Chipchase, the club’s newly-appointed director of football and former player-manager, will heading the panel who will be reviewing and interviewing the shortlisted applicants.

On the ideal candidate, Chipchase told The Star: “We want somebody who has experience of the women’s game, a coaching background, someone who can work with elite players and they have to have an FA ‘A’ licence.

“They must have the right experience and qualifications but also fit in with the club, the players and what is needed to drive Doncaster Belles forward.”

Once the selection panel has completed the interview process, they will make a recommendation to the club’s board of directors.

A club statement read on its website: “The club anticipates this process will be completed in early November and a new head coach will be unveiled at that time.”

Buckley spent 10 years at the helm of the Belles before leaving the club by ‘mutual agreement’ following their final game of the 2013 FAWSL campaign which marked the end of 22 years in the top flight for one of the most prestigious clubs in women’s football.