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Bristol Academy announce new head coach

Bristol Academy Women's Football Club has today unveiled Melbourne Victory’s Dave Edmondson’s their new head coach.

Edmondson was appointed following the departure of Mark Sampson, who took up the role as England Women’s National Team Manager in December.

He was born in Manchester, but is highly thought of in New Zealand and Australia because of his ability to develop young players.

Edmondson was at the helm when New Zealand became Oceania Champions at U17’s and oversaw their U17 World Cup side in 2010.

We had some over 100 applications, it was a difficult job to reduce these to six candidates who were invited to an interview.

In the end it was clear that the right fit would be Dave because of his experience overseas working with elite players which meant that he could come and look after the first team and more importantly make sure that every phase of the athlete pathway is as robust as it can be.

– Kevin Hamblin, President of Bristol Academy WFC

I applied for the Bristol job as it offered the type of club structure and development opportunities that I believe are required to be successful.

Having experienced the women's game both in New Zealand and Australia, coaching teams at the FIFA under 17's World Cup and in the very competitive Westfield W League, I have a good knowledge of the developments in the women's game around the world.

In particular the technical, possession based playing style of the Asian teams, allied to the very athletic and physical Australian and New Zealand styles elements of both which I will bring to Bristol.

– Dave Edmondson, new Bristol Academy head coach