Tartan Kicks believes that Anne McConaghy has left her role from the SFA. Since October 2014, she had been working as the Head of Strategy and Partnership Working for Girls and Women’s Football at the Scottish FA (SFA).
There has been no sign of any replacement to be announced, nor any reason given yet.
Her role is clearly a vital part and it will be fascinating to track the developments over the next weeks. Women’s Football is exponentially growing in Scotland and the SWF (Scottish Women’s Football) want 20,000 registered players by 2020 (it is around 11,000 at the moment).
And with Scotland looking like it will qualify for their first major tournament over the next few months, how Scotland develops the game has never been more important.
It is clear that whoever replaces her in the role will have to build a pathway that will eventually see the complete professionalism of the system, increase media representation and sponsorship and enable equality of pay and investment between men’s and women’s football.
Tartan Kicks will be following any developments and her replacement with interest.
UPDATE: 20 APRIL
It seems that the SFA have parted company with Anne McConaghy as part of the ongoing performance review. There are no other details at the moment.
UPDATE: 21 APRIL
This is the second time that the SFA’s review has had a negative impact on Women’s Football, with Brian McClair’s decision to pull Scotland out of the 2016 Cyprus Cup. When Mark Wotte was given the original review, it was to mainly focus on men’s football. This is still ongoing.