Ex Hibs and Spartans star is first senior female boss in UK

Shelley Kerr with players, left to right, Callum Macdonald, Andrew Gillen,Tomos Jones, Owen Kelly
Shelley Kerr with players, left to right, Callum Macdonald, Andrew Gillen,Tomos Jones, Owen Kelly
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Shelley Kerr has been appointed manager of the University of Stirling – making her Britain’s first-ever female manager of a senior football team.

Kerr, formerly of Hibs Ladies and Spartans, replaces Eddie May, who left the Lowland League outfit to join Hibs’ youth set-up.

Kerr will inherit a side that were runners-up last season but have lost their opening three matches so far this term.

The 44-year-old, who will begin studying for a MSc in Sports Management at the university, had a four-year spell leading Scotland’s Under-19s before moving to Arsenal where she won three trophies in a 16-month reign.

The 59-times-capped Scottish internationalist will lead the development of the men’s football club and carry out head coaching duties for the football scholarship programme at the University for Sporting Excellence.

“I think the management of players is different,” Kerr said. “I think women can sometimes be a little bit more difficult than men.

“But I see myself as a football coach, nothing to do with male or female.”