Hibs Ladies boss Willie Kirk surprised with award

Willie Kirk reaches out to console Zoe Johnstone, as Kirsty Smith, left, shows the anguish of Hibs' last-minute Scottish Cup Final defeat to Celtic recently. Picture: David Lamb
Willie Kirk reaches out to console Zoe Johnstone, as Kirsty Smith, left, shows the anguish of Hibs' last-minute Scottish Cup Final defeat to Celtic recently. Picture: David Lamb
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Willie Kirk, the manager of Hibernian Ladies, admits he was a little embarrassed to win the plzsoccer Manager of the Year award given his side didn’t win anything this season.

Nevertheless, Kirk did guide his talented young side to their highest league finish in six years – second – as well as reaching the Scottish Cup final and semi-final of the Premier League Cup.

Kirk said: “I’m delighted to win the award, however, it feels a little false because we haven’t won anything as a club. Yet, I think the award is recognition of the hard work that we have done and how much our young squad has developed.”

“We lost eight players at the start of the season and another during the summer, so for us to finish second in the league and run Glasgow City so close in the Scottish Cup final means it’s been a fantastic season.

“There were three or four major points throughout the season where we could gage our development and we knew we were heading in the right direction.

“We were pleased with how the season went and it’s important that we build on it next year and not rest on our laurels.

“If we can keep the squad together and add three or four players to it, then I think we will be able to put in a very strong challenge in the Scottish Women’s Premier League next year.”