Leicester City Women sack Jonathan Morgan after winless start to first WSL campaign

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Leicester City Women sacked manager Jonathan Morgan after the club’s winless start to their first top campaign.

Morgan led Leicester to promotion to the Women’s Super League by winning the league title last season, but has since overseen eight losses in eight WSL appearances so far.

He had been in charge since the 2014/15 season and signed a new contract in July this year, following last season’s campaign which was arguably the biggest in Leicester women’s football history, including a series of 12 victories and a qualification in the semi-finals of the Continental Women’s Tire League Cup.

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Morgan was named LMA Women’s Manager of the Year last season, but life in the top flight hasn’t been easy.

His side have scored three times in their eight top-tier games so far, conceding 19 goals to see them at the bottom of the 12-team table, one point behind safety.

Morgan said: “This club has been a part of my life and that of my family for 12 years since my sister Holly Morgan joined as a young player. Taking Leicester from the Midlands Division 1 to a FAWSL club only gives me pride. Winning a promotion last season like we did will always be a memory I can share with the fans and the city.

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“It has been a disappointing season with injuries contributing to a difficult start, but we didn’t get the results we were hoping for. I wish the club, the staff and the players the best. “

Leicester’s closest relegation rivals Birmingham City have also changed managers in recent days, sacking Scott Booth on November 18 before bringing in their former male midfielder Darren Carter as interim head coach. Carter will be backed by former Birmingham and Aston Villa manager Marcus Bignot.

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The final two teams will meet in a huge WSL game on December 19, the last game for both teams before the division’s Christmas break.

Prior to that, Leicester will face league leaders Arsenal away from the WSL, as well as League Cup fixtures against Manchester United and Manchester City.

More soon.

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