Sunderland part company with manager

PROUD: Mick Mulhern.
PROUD: Mick Mulhern.
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SUNDERLAND Ladies have parted company with hugely successful and long-serving manager Mick Mulhern.

Mulhern has stepped down from the club, which has just won promotion to the FA Women’s Super League 1, because he is unable to offer full-time commitment to a role which is only going to increase in responsibility next season.

On the club’s official website, he said: “I’m extremely proud to have helped guide the club to FA WSL 1.

“To achieve their potential at the top level, a full time management role is required, which unfortunately I am unable to commit to.

“I’ve had a fantastic time with the club, achieving silverware, whilst working with some incredibly talented players and coaches throughout the years. I wish everybody involved with the club all the best for next season and the future.”

The decision to leave will be a massive wrench for Mulhern who has bossed the side for 15 years, during which he has led the side to seven league titles and one league cup trophy.

But perhaps his greatest achievement was this season’s title win which sent Sunderland Ladies into FA WSL 1 and the chance to be involved in a league which is growing in significance and profile at an exponential rate

Mulhern who has a career as a long-serving policeman will not be there though to guide them through the next stage, with first-team coach Clare Robinson now favourite to succeed him.

Speaking about Mulhern’s time at the club, Sunderland AFC chief executive Margaret Byrne said: “Through Mick’s involvement, the ladies’ team stands in good stead for the future and everyone is now looking forward to building on last season’s success.

“Mick leaves with our very best wishes and we would like to thank him for his achievements.”