Jill Scott Signs Player/Coach Contract Extension
Manchester City Football Club are delighted to announce midfielder Jill Scott has agreed a two-year contract extension that will also see the midfielder combine her playing role with a coaching position in Gareth Taylor’s new look backroom staff at Manchester City.
One of the clubs longest-serving players, Scott joined Manchester City in January 2014 having started her career with her hometown side of Sunderland before a seven-year spell with Everton and is now regarded as one of the stalwarts of the women’s game. An integral figure for Manchester City from the beginning, the industrious and popular midfielder has so far made 167 appearances, scoring 24 goals in all competitions. Scott, who has been a crucial component in City’s success securing three Continental Cups, two FA Cups and one Barclays FA Women’s Super League title in her six seasons with the Club. Her dedication to the game was recognised in late 2019 as she was awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List for her services to women’s football.
On the international scene, Scott boasts 149 caps for England having made her debut in 2006, a statistic which makes her the current Lionesses squad’s most-capped player; just 23 games behind record appearance holder Fara Williams. Ahead of the new 2020/21 Barclays FA Women’s Super League season, City’s No.8 has agreed a new contract with the Club which will see her figure as a player-coach until at least the summer of 2022. She will work alongside newly appointed Manchester City Women Head Coach Gareth Taylor and assistant manager Alan Mahon.
Speaking about her contract extension and dual-role at the club Jill Scott said, “It feels good to have got things sorted and to know I’m going to be at the Club for the next two years is a great feeling and it’s something I’m really looking forward to. I’ve been named as a player-coach, but I want to reiterate that I’m a player first and foremost as I still want to play for this team and get more success. The coaching role is good, it means I can access the coaches a bit more and learn from the likes of Gareth Taylor and Alan Mahon and it keep that side of things going as well as playing.
It’s been a journey from the beginning, six years and every year there has been a new chapter to the story and I’ve enjoyed every single part. It’s important and I want people to know that I’m first and foremost concentrating on playing, I don’t want to be judged on my age which sometimes people tend to do when you hit thirty. I feel great and I like to turn things into a positive and having this period, it’s been good to mentally and physically refresh and use the time to look at parts of my game I can improve on. I’m feeling good and I can’t wait to get back with the team to continue the journey. Coaching might bring new aspects for me but it’s about working hard on the pitch and putting in the hours off it, trying to grow my knowledge of the game.
Manchester City women’s manager Gareth Taylor said, “I’m sure I speak on behalf of everybody at the club when I say that I’m absolutely thrilled to have Jill not only sign a new contract, but also begin her professional coaching journey here at Manchester City. She is without doubt a true ambassador for the women’s game and we are extremely fortunate to have her with us. She still has a lot to give out there on the pitch as a player, but alongside that, myself and our staff are really looking forward to helping her with her coaching education as much as we possibly can.”