Joe Thompson, manager of The New Saints Ladies’ first team, has announced his departure from the club at the end of the season.
Thompson led the transformation of the first team since his arrival in 2014, which saw them lose just three games last season and narrowly miss out on promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League.
An emotional Thompson, who will be taking a break from coaching, said: “I have enjoyed every minute of working with the players at this club and we are on the verge of something very special together this season.
“Leaving at the end of the season has made me even more determined to win everything we can this year.”
Thompson – who has decided to step down because of work commitments – took over from Ollie Eden, having previously worked with AFC Telford United Youth and Ketley Bank United.
During his tenure he has introduced four new youth age groups and a reserves team which launched this season, while the first team continues to excel, heading the West Midlands Regional Women’s Premier League.
However, he revealed that joining TNS was “a last throw of the dice.”
He continued: “I was rapidly falling out of love with coaching but they have restored my love for the game in every aspect.
“I leave having had two amazing seasons with the club and that is down to every player who has pulled on a shirt for me.
“I came here and promised them a coach who would dedicate the time to them their talent deserves and I feel I have achieved this – and so anything I have won, and possibly can win, on top of this is a bonus.”
But for now he said he would be continuing to focus on the league, the up-and-coming league cup quarter-final, as well as the Shropshire Cup semi-final.
He added: “I want this season to go on and I said we have put ourselves on the verge of something very special.”