New Director of football wants Manchester City Women to be best team in England by Michelle
Nils Nielsen, the new director of football for Manchester City Women’s Super League team, has set a goal for the club to become the top team in England. Nielsen, who previously served as the head coach for the Denmark and Switzerland women’s teams, took up his new role earlier this month.
Nielsen has emphasized that his primary responsibilities will include player recruitment, coach and player development, and overall team strategy.
In light of City’s recent struggles, with their last WSL title coming in 2016 and failure to advance from the Champions League qualifying groups for the past two seasons, Nielsen acknowledges that the club is “a bit behind the best teams” in the country but is determined to lead City back to winning ways.
“We need to catch up on that and that means we need to act short term. There are some elements to address right away and some we can take a bit more time to solve,” he told the BBC..
“We have some very talented younger players. We have a lot of potential but we need a bit more consistency.”
Nils Nielsen has an impressive track record as a coach, having led Denmark to the final of the Women’s Euros in 2017, where they were defeated by the Netherlands under the guidance of Sarina Wiegman, who is currently the manager of the England women’s national team.
Nielsen went on to coach the Switzerland women’s team in Euro 2022, where they finished third in Group C, behind the Netherlands and Sweden. Despite the result, Nielsen’s experience and expertise will prove invaluable in his new role as the director of football for Manchester City’s Women’s Super League team.
Despite his successful career as a head coach, Nils Nielsen expressed that it was a straightforward decision to transition to a role behind the scenes as the director of football for Manchester City Women’s Super League team. Nielsen recognizes the importance of his new role in connecting all aspects of the team, from recruitment to development, and is eager to help the club reach its goal of becoming the top team in England.
“It’s something I always wanted to do so when I got the opportunity in a great club like this I didn’t really think about it that much,” he said.
Although Manchester City Women’s Super League team is currently fourth in the standings, tied on points with Arsenal but outside the Champions League qualification spots due to goal difference, Nils Nielsen does not believe that European qualification will have an impact on the club’s summer recruitment plans.
“Even if we end up fourth this season it doesn’t mean we have to close the club. I hope players can see the bigger picture and see that the club doesn’t change because we have a year where we don’t play Champions League,” he said.
“We are still going to try and go for the same players that we’re looking at right now regardless of the Champions League.”
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