Jayne Ludlow Leaves Role As Wales Women’s Manager
The Football Association of Wales have this afternoon confirmed that Jayne Ludlow has left her role as manager of Wales Women International team by mutual consent, having held the post since 2014. Ludlow, who is the only manager to have taken charge of more than 50 Wales women’s matches leaves the role after just missing out on qualification for two major tournement finals in their last two campaigns.
Having missed out on reaching a play-off for a first major tournrmrnt, finishing second to England in the 2018 World Cup Qualifying, a campaign which saw Ludlow’s side go six hundred and eighty-seven minutes without conceding a goal. Northern Ireland then edged Wales out of the European Championship qualifying in 2020, losing out on a head-to-head record after two draws with Kenny Shiels’ side.
Both Jayne Ludlow and Phil Neville’s departures as England Women’s International manager were announced at the same time, however Jayne Ludlow is not a candidate to become the new England Women’s interim manager and the Football Association of Wales have confirmed the timings were just coincidental and the recruitment process to select a successor for Jayne Ludlow will start straight away.
Speaking about her time as manager of Wales women Jayne Ludlow said, “My time as the national team manager has been an eventful and exciting journey, it has been an honour and an absolute pleasure to have worked with the staff and players. It has been a fantastic learning environment for me personally and I am proud of what we have achieved over the last six years as a group of staff and players, whom I want to thank.”
The former Arsenal player says she has taken a role on a Fifa leadership team, but it is understood she is also free to now pursue other management opportunities. It’s fair to say that Jayne Ludlow has done an outstanding job and over the last six years as helped to grow the women’s game in Wales. A number of the Wales Women International squad members have commented on social media including Natasha Harding, Helen Ward (Wales record goalscorer) and Jess Fishlock (Wales Most Capped Player).
Helen Ward, Wales’ record scorer: Diolch, Jayne. The last six years has seen people stand up and take notice of ‘little old Wales’. Thank you for the good times, and the not so good times that have ultimately helped us learn and grow as a group and individuals.
Jess Fishlock, Wales’ most capped player: I am Sad. I was Sad when Jarmo (Matikainen) left, I am sad now Jayne has left. So many memories .. tears, laughs, arguments, high fives. Some unbelievable moments. We are a better nation for you Jayne Ludlow. Thank you, Diolch.
Natasha Harding, Wales forward: I’m gutted. Done so much for us as a nation and has given us a solid platform to build on. The past six years have been different but special. Truly an honour. Thank you Jayne.