SUNDERLAND Ladies have appointed Carlton Fairweather as their new head coach.
Fairweather takes over ahead of the start of the 2015 season in Women’s Super League 1.
Academy coach Fairweather has taken over from long-serving boss Mick Mulhern, who stepped down from the role because he could not commit to a full-time position.
Mulhern, who has vast experience in the women’s game at all levels, led the side to a fourth successive Premier League title last season. The prize this time, denied to them previously, was promotion to the top flight.
Former Wimbledon midfielder Fairweather has little time to acquaint himself with the women’s game, with the new season starting in March.
The players are now into their pre-season training.
Fairweather, 42, spent the majority of his playing career with Wimbledon, making 138 league appearances.
He also spent a brief spell at Carlisle and played and coached in Hong Kong and the USA, before embarking on a coaching role with the Dons.
He joined Sunderland in 2003, working initially with the club’s community football scheme, before progressing to the academy set-up, where he worked as youth development coach.