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  • Eddie Wolecki Black appointed Celtic Women's first-team head coach

    Eddie Wolecki Black appointed Celtic Women's first-team head coach

    By: Newsroom Staff on 27 Jul, 2018 10:31

  • CELTIC Football Club is delighted to announce that Eddie Wolecki Black is the new Head Coach of the Celtic Women’s First Team.

    A very successful and highly-regarded coach, Eddie brings with him a wealth of experience that will be beneficial to the club. His 14-year tenure at Glasgow City, in particular, proved to be an extremely successful one, and he won four Leagues, four League Cups and four Scottish Cups.

    The 54-year-old will join Celtic from Motherwell, where he is currently managing their women’s team, and he will take up his new role at Celtic next month.

    A former professional footballer who played for Montrose during his career, he began working as a coach under Jim McLean at Dundee United before guiding Lochee United to the Junior Cup final in 2005. 

    He joined Glasgow City in 2001, and over the next 14 years ensured that they became the most successful team in the Scottish women’s game. During that time, he also managed Montrose for a year.

    He took over as manager of the Airdrie senior team in 2015, but less than a year later suffered a stroke during a game against Cowdenbeath. He has shown tremendous bravery and courage to return to football, which he has done as manager of the Motherwell Women’s team.

    Eddie Wolecki Black said: “It is a huge honour to join a Club of Celtic’s stature and I look forward to doing all I can to bring success to the women’s team. I know that Celtic has a real commitment to women’s football and in developing its team further, and this is something I really wanted to be part of, at one of the world’s great football clubs.

    "Celtic is a club which strives for excellence in everything in does and it will be my objective to ensure that our women’s team maintains these high standards. I know the team already has some real qualities and I will be aiming to build on these and further enhance all aspects of the first-team squad. I look forward to meeting up with the players and beginning our journey.”

    Celtic Commercial Director, Adrian Filby, said: “This is a fantastic appointment for the club and we’re all looking forward to Eddie getting started with our women’s team.

    “He has a great reputation within football as a coach, and we believe that the talented squad of players at Celtic will benefit from his experience in the second half of this season and beyond. Eddie has also enjoyed great success in the women’s game over many years, and we hope that he will continue to enjoy further success with Celtic.

    “I would like to thank Motherwell Football Club and their Chief Executive, Alan Burrows, for the professional way in which they have conducted themselves throughout this process, and we wish their women’s team every success as they continue their bid for promotion.

    “I would also like to thank David Haley for all his work with the first-team since he took over five years ago, and I know he will continue to make a great contribution leading our highly-regarded Girls’ Academy which has, over the years, produced many talented footballers who are now playing senior football.

    “The same goes for Edward Gallagher, who will continue to oversee the first-team until Eddie officially takes up his position.

    “I’m sure that everyone will join me in welcoming Eddie Wolecki Black to Celtic and wish him and the women’s first-team every success going forward.”

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