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Spurs’ long-serving bosses are axed

Tributes to Karen Hills and Juan Amoros, coaching duo who steered the club up the divisions, as England’s Rehanne Skinner arrives

26 November, 2020 — By Catherine Etoe

New Spurs boss Rehanne Skinner shares a joke with England stars Nikita Parris and Rachel Daly. Photo: The FA

AFTER more than a decade without so much as a turn of the managerial merry-go-round, Spurs Women have jumped onboard and given it a mighty spin.

At noon on Thursday, we were told that long-time joint head coaches Karen Hills and Juan Amoros had been “relieved of their duties with immediate effect”. By that evening, England boss Phil Neville’s number two, Rehanne Skinner, had stepped in on a deal running until 2023.

The Lionesses among Spurs’ current crop will know Skinner well – she has just spent three years leading England Under-18s to Under-21s.

The 41-year-old is familiar with top-flight club football too, having helped deliver league, League Cup and FA Cup titles as Laura Harvey’s assistant at Arsenal.

Renowned for her attention to detail and planning, the new head coach is reportedly chomping at the bit to get going once the international break is over. Spurs have picked up just three points in the FA Women’s Super League so far and sit second from bottom, so there’s plenty of work to do.

But the departures of Hills, who took the top job in 2009, and Amoros, who joined her in 2011, will still take some getting over. The popular duo had steered the club up through the divisions to the very pinnacle of the game, from amateur status to full professional level.

Spurs acknowledged their achievements in a statement, but the players’ reactions on social media spoke volumes.

“You guided the team from Frederick Knights [sports ground] to the WSL, an incredible achievement,” former skipper Jenna Schillaci wrote on Twitter.

“The memories you have made are priceless. Your hard work and determination has shaped so many of our lives.”

For his part, Amoros later released a statement on social media declaring Spurs had been his “heart, passion and life for the last 10 years”.

He wrote: “I would like to thank Tottenham Hotspur for trusting my friend Karen Hills and I to make history and put one of the best football clubs in the world where it needed to be: at the top of women’s football.

“I leave with no regrets, having given my all from day one. I have a smile on my face when I look back.”

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