Australian Oxtoby takes top job...

BRISTOL City Women have finally appointed a new manager to replace Willie Kirk and she is Tanya Oxtoby, an Australian who steps up from her role as assistant coach at Birmingham City Women.

Kevin Hamblin, chairman of Bristol City Women, said: “We are thrilled to have secured Tanya as the new manager of the Vixens. As someone that has successfully made the transition from player to coach/manager, the board was unanimous in believing she has all the right qualities to take the team forward.”

Oxtoby, 36, has a wealth of previous experience including as assistant coach for both Perth Glory Women and Australian Women’s under-20s. During her time coaching Perth, she helped guide them to their only Premiers Plate, winning the Australian W-League, as well as their first ever grand final appearance.

She has also previously undertaken the role of director of development at Notts County Ladies as well as combining her playing career at Doncaster Belles with managing Nottingham Forest Ladies back in 2012.

Oxtoby said: “It’s been a whirlwind couple of days but I’m really excited and grateful for the opportunity and I’m looking forward to getting pre-season under way. The player pathway here at City is massively important and speaks to me as a coach and manager.

“From my perspective, it is something that really appealed to me and brought me here. Every WSL team now needs to be planning two or three years in advance. There are some exciting times with new teams coming up from WSL2. It’s great for women’s sport and more specifically women’s football.”

Oxtoby will join up with the Vixens squad when they return for pre-season training and has a lot of work to do as she has already lost highly talented youngster Lauren Hemp to Manchester City, a move which was followed by Jasmine Matthews and Yana Daniels this week joining Liverpool.

Meanwhile Cornish central defender Jasmine Matthews has decided to end her career at Bristol City to join fellow Super League club Liverpool.

Brought up in Looe, the 25 year-old Redruth born central defender has spent all her senior career at Bristol after joining from Truro City but decided that it was time to make the move to further her career.

Matthews played 46 times for the Vixens in a career which started in 2011 having come through the youth system with the Vixens and was named the club’s Players’ ‘Player of the Season’ in 2017-2018. She also played for England at under-17, 19 and 23 level and holds UEFA Champions League experience.

On making the move Matthews, who can also play in midfield, said: “I have spent my whole career at Bristol City Women so this was a big decision for me to make but once I heard about the interest from Liverpool Ladies it was a no brainer. It is a fantastic club with real ambitions to challenge for trophies so I am really excited for the future.

“I would also like to place on record my thanks to everyone at Bristol City from the youth set-up to the first team for helping me to develop into the player that I am today.”

Speaking on the acquisition of Matthews, Reds manager Neil Redfearn said: “I am delighted to have signed Jasmine as she is a real leader who I believe will play a key part for us next season. Jasmine’s versatility was another bonus for u as she is equally as comfortable playing in midfield as she is in defence.

“Jasmine had many other offers to join other clubs so I am really pleased that she has chosen to sign for Liverpool Ladies.”

Matthews’ departure was quickly followed this week by the loss of Belgian international winger Yana Daniels who also joined Liverpool.

The Reds say that 26-year-old Daniels joins to strengthen their attacking options ahead of the 2018-19 FA Women’s Super League. Daniels, who can also play as a striker, came through the youth set-up at Oud Heverlee Leuven before spells with Lierse, FC Twente and Anderlecht.

On moving to Liverpool Ladies, Daniels said: “This is a great move for me and I am really looking forward to working alongside Neil and the players. The squad here has big potential and I am really confident that we will have a successful season this year.

“Once I heard of the interest from Liverpool Ladies, there was only one club that I wanted to sign for and I cannot wait to get started.”

Redfearn added: “This is another great signing for the club. Yana will give us more options in the final third and I am really confident that she will become a real fans’ favourite. Yana is a hard working winger whose versatility to also play up front gives us far more attacking options as we look to add more goals to the team.”

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