London City Lionesses today confirmed that Melissa Phillips has signed a new contract to extend her stay at the FA Women’s Championship club.
Phillips took charge of the Lionesses in October 2020 and immediately guided the club to their first victory of the season. London City Lionesses currently sit comfortably in sixth place in the FA Women’s Championship and face Liverpool in their final game of the season on Sunday.
Melissa said: “I am honoured to be awarded the opportunity to continue leading London City and driving the vision of the club forward. The growth of the team and each individual player has been tremendous and incredibly proud of the way we’ve come together amidst the challenges the past year has presented. We’ve enjoyed some successful moments throughout the season and have a number of exciting plans in place moving forward to achieve our goals."
“It is such an exciting time for women’s football in this country and I am grateful to Diane and the rest of the London City Lionesses Board for their belief in what we are building.”
Phillips was named FA Women’s Championship Manager of the Month in January 2021 after guiding the club to six games unbeaten – including five in a row without conceding a goal – and a first win away from home in 18 months. Chairwoman Diane Culligan believes that this level of consistency is evidence of the club’s progress and ability to compete with every team in the division.
Culligan said: “We have been delighted with Melissa’s enthusiasm and application in the most challenging of football seasons so it was a simple decision for the Board to extend her contract. Under Melissa’s leadership we’ve put down solid foundations as we build for success in the future and going six games unbeaten earlier in the season shows what we’re capable of.”
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