Bury Girls and Ladies First Team Manager signs 5-year contract extension.
After two successful seasons, Bury Girls and Ladies have tied down Manager Paul Iannaccone to a new 5-year contract.
Under Iannaccone, the First team have been transformed over the past two years and have quickly become a force to be reckoned with in their division. Last season, the team achieved their highest points total in nine years, and are generally regarded as one of the teams to watch for the 2016-2017 season. Over the summer, Iannaccone guided the team to two tournament wins at Skelmersdale and in the English Super Cup, competing against, and beating, Women's Premier League opposition.
This season has been the best for many years, breaking their own points record for last season before Christmas whilst this season, so far, Bury have won 9 out of 13 league games and have reached the Quarter-Finals of their League Cup. The team currently sits in second place and are massively exceeding their targets and expectations for this season. They have guaranteed themselves a top-3 finish with two leagues still to play, their highest league position, in their division since the 2004-2005 season.
Key acquisitions were made in the summer and during the season to strengthen the squad and Iannaccone played a huge part in attracting these players. Leah Tibbott, who joined from Manchester City, describes the coaching as "The best I've had over my years in football. So calm and patient, yet so constructive and encouraging. He brings motivation to the team". Kristeen Ferenczi, signed by Iannaccone at the end of last season from Academy Juniors, says "The coach has brought back my love for the game", and Hulda Siguroardottir, the first international signing for Bury Girls and Ladies FC said "Paul is a very good coach and clearly knows what he is doing".
It's not just new players that speak highly of Iannaccone. Jordon Bailey, who has been at the club for four seasons now, turned down an approach from Premier League Blackburn Rovers earlier this season. She says "Before Paul came, we were a struggling squad, finishing in the bottom three in the league. Now we have an amazing coach who has improved us drastically and we are now fighting for a top three finish. Personally, Paul's coaching was a huge reason I chose to stay at Bury when I was approached by Blackburn Rovers as I was already receiving the best training and coaching I could possibly need'.
Alongside his work with the ladies team, Paul Iannaccone is the Head of Football for The Football College. In this role, Paul oversees and coaches the football programme, and manages player pathways and recruitment for the College overall. Under his guidance, the College has doubled in size this past summer and is set to do so again this coming September.
Chairwoman of Bury Girls and Ladies FC, Diana Golding added "It took some time to get everything in place to become the successful club we are. Paul was the last piece of the jigsaw and we are delighted that he is with us for the next five years as, not only will Paul take the seniors to another level, he will be a great asset to the whole club. His work so far has been remarkable and the results are there for everyone to see."
The Bury Girls and Ladies First team play in the North-West Women's Regional League, and games are played on Sunday's at 2pm. Home games are played at Lower Gigg Lane with showcase games played on the clubs Gigg Lane stadium pitch. Bury Girls and Ladies FC have teams in age groups from under-9 to under-16 as well as a Reserve team underneath the successful First team.