What next for SWNT?

Credit: Glasgow City FC

Shelley Kerr has stepped down as the manager of Scottish Women’s nation team.

Who could replace her? In my opinion there is only one candidate for the job.

It simply has to be Scott Booth for me.

This summary from Glasgow City where Booth is currently manager sums up the success and longevity he has had at the club.

Five years is a long time. Five years ago, Scotland were still waiting for an appearance at a major tournament this century. David Cameron was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Glasgow City were about to appoint a new head coach in Scott Booth.

In those five years since Scott Booth made his first appearance in the dugout, City have moved back to Petershill Park, collected another five league titles and another two Scottish Cups along with the small matter of a UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter final against German champions, Wolfsburg.

The former Aberdeen and Borussia Dortmund forward’s first match in charge was a 3-0 victory over Celtic and the side would go on to clinch the Scottish Women’s Premier League title at the end of the season as Scott got his first taste of silverware. It was swiftly followed by his second as City beat Hibernian 3-0 to win the Scottish Cup and it was this challenge of continuing the winning trend that Scott said, attracted him to the job.

“One big challenge that attracted me to the job was it was a team that had been successful, had been winning the league regularly and in recent times had got to the quarter finals of the Champions League.”

The following year, Scott’s first full season in charge, would prove to be historic as City secured the SWPL title for a tenth year in a row with crucial victories over Hibernian securing the league title. Important victories over Hibernian in the league would continue to be a trend under Scott’s leadership. His third year saw City secure the title with a 3-0 victory at Ainslie Park with all three goals coming early in the first half as City sent out a message to their rivals while clinching the SWPL.

Another dramatic victory, this time on the penultimate day of the season as Leanne Crichton pounced on a loose ball in the box against Hibernian secured a 12th title in a row after Scott was locked in a tight title battle with the Edinburgh side all season and he once again, ended the season unbeaten in the league.

2019 saw arguably one of Scott’s finest league campaigns with goals galore throughout the season including hitting Motherwell for 10 to clinch the title with three games to spare and moved the record to 13 SWPL titles in a row. A 13th title in a row wasn’t enough for City in the 2019 as Scott won his second Scottish Cup following a dramatic final against Hibernian at Tynecastle Park which saw both sides lead at various points before Clare Shine, who’s hat-trick won Scott his first Scottish Cup, scored in the dying seconds to bring the trophy back along the M8 to Glasgow.

Couple this with the fact that Booth is a former Scotland international, his appointment would be a no brainer.

Published by Callum McFadden

Football CFB founder. Freelance football writer & broadcaster - Enquiries: footballcfb@gmail.com

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