Nottingham Forest Women are delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Cook as the club's new head coach.
Andrew joins Forest with years of high-level experience in the women’s game. Boasting an impressive CV including previous coaching experience at Oxford United Women (WSL 2 – Championship), Arsenal Ladies (WSL 1 - Super League) and Durham Women (WSL 2 – Championship), Andrews is a UEFA ‘A’-licensed coach who is working towards his UEFA Pro License and currently studying on the League Managers' Association diploma in football.
Andrew is Forest Women’s first full-time head coach and he will oversee the development and competitive performance of the club's development pathway ranging from Under 9s to the senior first-team.
On being named as head coach, Andrew said: “When I heard that Forest were looking for a new head coach I had no reservations about joining. After speaking to Lee Billiard, the general manager, about the club and what they wanted for the team, it was sold to me. All of the club's teams, men, women, boys and girls, are all starting to be run under the 'one-club mentality' and opportunities are there for all.
“The club is simply doing the right thing and investing in its teams so to be given the opportunity to lead Nottingham Forest Women is a great privilege. It’s a new beginning for the team and the investment in the side is across all resources. We have GPS in use at all training sessions and matches now with full video analysis at all games allowing us to proactively develop the players on a level that will not have been seen at the club before.
“The first two days have been great. The Chairman and CEO were brilliant to meet, to get to know them and see their ideas on the way the club will move forward and what it means to the whole community to have a successful women’s team in the county. The whole club wants to be successful and with that backing it gives a real edge and purpose to everything as everyone is doing all they can to help the club achieve success.
“The women’s programme at Nottingham Forest is going to get bigger and bigger and the investment in the performance and medical environment is a sign of what’s in store for the players, but then the fans will be seeing a professional team that will continue to grow as we progress and we will not give up in the pursuit to be successful.”
On Andrew’s appointment, Nottingham Forest Women’s general manager Lee Billiard stated: “I am delighted to bring Andy to the club. This was a very important decision for us and one we took our time over. We had a large number of applicants that we went through a thorough process with. Getting down to the final handful of candidates was a difficult task as we had many suitable entrants.
"Andy stood out as he has the high-level experience we were looking for, he has worked on youth development, he has coached and helped develop international players and in meeting with him face-to-face he has a great personality that the players will enjoy. It really is an exciting time for Forest Women and the developments we have made off the pitch for player education and welfare along with the appointment of a high-level experienced head coach shows the club is serious and making a statement of intent moving forward.”
Andrew was on hand to deliver the first day of pre-season and meet the team yesterday.
Nottingham Forest Women pre-season friendlies:
July 21st vs Cardiff City Ladies at Eastwood CFC (kick-off 2pm)
July 28th vs Lincoln City Women at Eastwood CFC (kick-off 2pm)
August 8th vs Aston Villa Women at Eastwood CFC (kick-off 7.45pm)
August 11th vs West Ham United Women at Rush Green (away - kick-off 3pm) – This game will be played behind closed doors