The Western Sydney Wanderers have pulled off a significant coup, signing former Matildas and Football Ferns Head Coach Tom Sermanni as their new Head of Women’s Football.
He will oversee the Wanderers’ A-League Women side, develop the club’s recruitment strategy and development programs.
Western Sydney Wanderers General Manager Scott Hudson praised the appointment of Sermanni.
“We are proud to have Tom at the helm, overseeing our women’s programs at the Western Sydney Wanderers,” said Hudson.
“Tom has an extensive resume working with some of the giants of women’s football both internationally and domestically, and we welcome his knowledge, experience and passion as we lead into our next decade of football.
“We look forward to seeing Tom help build the foundations for our future.”
Tom Sermanni expressed his elation at the decison
“I’m excited, I look forward to be back involved in the game again. This is a great opportunity to try and build up and contribute to the women’s element of the club,” said Sermanni.
“Western Sydney is a hotbed for football and hopefully we can really build a strong women’s space here.
“I’ve been talking to people at the club for a while and the club is very ambitious. It is very ambitious to build its women’s program from the A-League Women all the way down and it really wants to make the women’s program a significant part of the club.”
Sermanni states that he hopes leave a lasting legacy at Wanderland.
“That’s what appeals to me. A project where you can actually start things out, start to build things. This is something that I really enjoy doing and the club is very ambitious in this space and hopefully I can help contribute to that,” explained Sermanni.
“I want to work on lots of things. If I put a list together, I’m very hands on and a very practical person. I want to get in there and get things done, it goes all way from helping strengthen and develop A-League Women’s team to actually looking at the future of the club.
“Hopefully, we get our club set-up in the women’s space the same as the men’s space where there is an Academy and pathway for young girls in Western Sydney to come all the way through from a young age, to actually then play in the A-League Women’s team and hopefully then go on to play for the Matildas.”
The Wanderers finished second from bottom in the A-League Women in the 2021/22 season, winning once.
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