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Smith returns as Interim Head Coach

Bristol City Women can confirm the appointment of Lauren Smith as Interim Head Coach ahead of the 2021/22 FA Championship season.

33-year-old Smith returns to Bristol City where she was previously First Team Assistant Coach and Technical Director for the Under-9 to Under-19 youth programmes.

Smith’s coaching journey in the West Country began back in 2010 when she came on board as Under-14s coach, before progressing through the age groups and transitioning into her role with the First Team in 2014.

As a promising young coach, Smith enjoyed success during her time with the club, most notably City Women's return to the WSL and overcoming Arsenal to win the Development League.

After seven years at the club, Smith joined FA Wales in 2017 as Assistant Coach to Jayne Ludlow and most recently, she was named Assistant to Rehanne Skinner at Tottenham Hotspur in January 2021.

Group Chief Financial Officer and City Director Gavin Marshall said: “Lauren was the stand-out candidate for the role as we aim to rebuild the women’s programme in the Championship this upcoming season.

“Lauren previously spent seven years at the club in various coaching roles and has a fantastic understanding of the importance of the player pathway, which is vital as we aim to build a core of homegrown talent for the future of the club.

“Combining that with the knowledge and experience she has gained in both the international and domestic game makes Lauren an exciting appointment for Bristol City Women.”  

Smith added: “Bristol City Women is a club that I hold close to my heart and I’m delighted to return as Head Coach for the 2021/22 season.

“Having previously spent seven years at the club, coaching through the age groups and into the first team as an Assistant, it’s a special moment to become Head Coach.

“It’s going to be a busy summer ahead with a lot of work to be done as we aim to rebuild and prepare for one of the most competitive leagues in women’s football.”


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