Karen Bardsley appointed Man City Girls’ Academy manager

Karen Bardsley smiles facing the camera
Karen Bardsley will enter a new era with Manchester City

Manchester City have announced that Karen Bardsley has been appointed as the manager of the Girls’ Academy.

The former Sky Blues goalkeeper will take over the role from Jayne Ludlow. The ex-Welsh international has held the post for the last two years.

Bardsley joined Man City back in 2014, shortly following the team’s professional relaunch. Since then the 39-year-old has become one of the leading figures in the women’s game. Clocking up more than 100 appearances for City, Bardsley kept a record-breaking 64 clean sheets alongside her illustrious international career.

The former Lioness rejoined the club in 2022, shortly after she retired from the professional game. Taking the role of project manager, Bardsley was tasked with overseeing projects to support the women’s set-up.

A new Man City era for Karen Bardsley

Speaking about her new role, Bardsley said: “I can’t wait to get started in my new role and am excited by what we can achieve. I have always been passionate about trying to use my knowledge and experience to develop the next generation of young footballers.

“I am so thankful to be in a position that can help me do that after the amazing work that Jayne has previously done. Manchester City has a special place in my heart and both its on and off-pitch values match my own, so I am delighted to continue that journey as Academy Manager.”

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Manchester City Managing Director, Charlotte O’Neill added: “We are delighted that Karen will continue to inspire the next generation of young female footballers through her role as Academy Manager, building on Jayne’s excellent work.

“Karen was an exceptional player and leader on and off the pitch for Manchester City, and her achievements in the game speak for themselves.

“This appointment reflects our ambition to provide an exceptional development environment for our talented young footballers. Where they can maximise their potential both on and off the pitch under the guidance of experienced and ambitious figures like Karen. I am very much looking forward to working with Karen in her new role, and excited by what the future holds.”

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