Willie Kirk sacked from Leicester City after allegations of relationship with player

Leicester City Women's mananger Willie Kirk will not be on the touchline for Saturday's match
Leicester City have sacked manager Willie Kirk Credit: PA

Leicester have sacked women's first-team manager Willie Kirk following an investigation into an allegation he had a relationship with a player.

The club determined the Scot had “breached the team’s code of conduct to a degree that makes his position untenable”.

The 45-year-old last took charge of the Foxes when they lost 4-0 in the Women’s Super League to Chelsea on 3 March, before the club subsequently announced that Kirk was “assisting the club with an internal process” and would not be on the touchline for their 9 March FA Cup quarter-final.

Kirk’s then-assistant Jennifer Foster, supported by first-team coach Stephen Kirby, oversaw that 2-0 victory and has remained at the helm since.

They will remain in charge until Kirk’s permanent successor is named.

In a statement, Leicester City Football Club said: "Following an extensive internal disciplinary process and respecting the Club’s obligations to individual privacy, Willie was determined to have breached the team’s code of conduct to a degree that makes his position untenable.

"Established and implemented ahead of the start of the current season, the code forms part of the Club’s ongoing commitment to professionalising the women’s game since the takeover of LCFC Women in 2020, promoting a performance-led culture among players, coaches and technical staff.

"First Team responsibilities for LCFC Women will continue to be led by Jennifer Foster, supported by Stephen Kirby, while the Club begins the process of appointing a new permanent manager."

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