Spartans manager Debbi McCulloch has revealed that failing to find an adequate work-life balance was behind her decision to step down at the end of this season.
McCulloch has been in charge of Spartans since April 2010 and has led the club to five cup finals, perennial top-six finishes and was last season voted the SWPL Manager of the Year.
However, ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Rangers at Ainslie Park (kick-off 2pm), she admits it is time to reassess her priorities in life.
She said: “Football has become all-consuming and I felt I wasn’t getting the balance right in my life.
“Outside of my responsibilities with the women’s team, I have a full-time role with Spartans Community Football Academy.
“I’ve found that – as my role has grown – I’m taking on more and more and have reached the point when I need to take a step back. I want to be able to spend more time with my family.
“I’m excited about what the future holds and will still be involved with the women and girls’ teams helping shape the club at all levels.
“The team is in a really good place and whomever takes over will have a terrific platform to build upon and a strong dressing room.
“Before then I am looking for us to finish the season strongly, gaining as many points as possible and to make a statement of intent for next year.
“Rangers, like ourselves, are hurting having lost a few games recently and are looking to bounce back, which sets up the game as a cracker.”
Elsewhere, Hearts Ladies are aiming to build upon last weekend’s victory over Hutchison Vale when they host basement outfit, Inverness City, at Kings Park, Dalkeith (kick-off 2pm).
Jambos boss, Grant Scott, said: “Hopefully last weekend’s result was the start of the tide turning in our favour once again.
“Earlier this season we perhaps lost our way all the talk of making the top-six and it proved to be a harsh lesson.
“We want to secure another three points tomorrow and take back-to-back wins into the short break.
“Inverness may have only two points this season but one of those came against us and we cannot afford complacency, so I will be reminding the girls of this.”
Meanwhile, high-flying Hibs face an impressive Aberdeen side at Heathryfold Park, Aberdeen (kick-off 1pm), whilst Hutchison Vale take on Forfar Farmington at Station Park, Forfar (kick-off 3pm).