The FAW is delighted to announce that the new Wales National Women’s Teams Manager is Jayne Ludlow.
The Football Association of Wales is delighted to announce that the new Wales National Women’s Teams Manager is Jayne Ludlow.
Jayne’s contribution to Women’s football, both for club and country, has been immense. She has been an inspiration to the current Women’s senior and intermediate squads and was described by previous Wales Manager Jarmo Matikainen as the best women’s player Wales has ever produced.
Jayne represented Arsenal for 13 years and remains Arsenal’s all-time record goal scorer.
Born in Llwynypia, Jayne has played for the likes of Barry Town Ladies, Millwall Lionesses, Southampton Saints and Arsenal.
At club level she won the FA Women’s Premier League National Division on 9 occasions and the FA Women’s Cup on 8.
In 2006-07 she was a member of the Arsenal team that won the UEFA Women’s Cup.
She won her first international cap in 1996 aged just 17 and went on to play 61 times for her country scoring 19 goals.
Recently Jayne has been manager and director of Reading Women. and has also been involved with coaching the Wales Under 16 side.
The FAW today (Thursday) announced the appointment of former Wales International, Jayne Ludlow, to the post of Women’s Teams Manager, in succession to Jarmo Matikainen. Matikainen, who had been in charge for 49 senior women’s internationals since 2010, has returned to his native Finland to continue with the national association.
Jayne Ludlow brings a wealth of playing experience to the post, being the most decorated Wales international of all time, especially from her time with Arsenal, winning the FA Cup and League titles on 17 occasions as well as success in Europe. Her tally of sixty-one caps puts her in seventh position in the all-time cap list for Wales, plus nineteen goals - not bad for a midfielder.
On the coaching front, she was worked with the Wales schoolgirls Under 16 squad for the last few seasons, as well as being in control of team affairs at Reading. In the last few months she has also assisted the FAW with the Under 17 and 19 squads since Matikainen’s departure for Finland.
Jayne said: “I am very happy and my parents are very proud indeed for me to be given the opportunity to manage the national side.”
On Jarmo she said: “He has laid very solid foundations. I worked with him as his assistant on some of the youth camps, and now, understandably, I have my own ideas on how I would like to see things develop.”
“I will be leaving Reading (the club she is manager of) at the end of next month when the Women's Super League 2 ends. I am proud of what we have done at the club and there were certainly a few tears from the players when the news came-through that I had the job with Wales.”
“I will have a full-time assistant with me, Claire O’Sullivan, who was the captain of the Wales team when I first joined-it. She is working with Cwmbran Celtic at the moment and she is passionate about the Women’s Game in Wales.”
Asked if Wales could go that one step-further to achieve qualification for a major finals she said: “That is obviously the hope, but I want to make sure that that is a possibility too for our youth sides as well as the senior side. We need to get the youngsters that experience of qualifying, so that as they go through the age groups towards the senior squad it is not a step into the unknown.”
“I want all Welsh players to be playing at as high a standard as they can, whether that is within the Welsh system or in England or further afield. I will be doing my best to ensure that we identify and develop the players from a young age and give them the skills to help to be the best that they can. I really am very excited and am keen to get started.”