The Scottish FA have announced that Swedish coach Anna Signeul has signed a new two-year deal to remain as Scotland’s women’s national coach.
Signeul has been in the role since 2005, when she replaced Dutch coach Vera Pauw and will see out Scotland’s EURO 2017 qualifiers with this new deal – making it her sixth major qualifying campaign as Scotland coach.
Speaking after the announcement, Signeul said: “The last 10 years have been fantastic, and I am so proud of what we have achieved together. Reaching the Euro and World Cup play-offs have been highlights, tinged with the pain of missing qualification.”
“I am delighted to pledge my future to Scotland for another two years and continue this journey with a fantastic group of players and staff. The determination to go one step further and make it to the finals of a major tournament is what drives us all.”
Scottish FA chief Stewart Regan added: “The growth of women’s football has been one of the real highlights of the Scottish FA’s strategy, Scotland United: A 2020 Vision, and we are convinced that Anna will continue to push the boundaries of success for the national team, with the ultimate aim of qualifying for a major championship finals for the first time.”
However, having failed to qualify for five major tournament under Signeul, one has to wonder why the Scottish FA are happy to continue the status quo?
Expectations ahead of the World Cup 2015 qualifiers was for Scotland to make the playoffs – which they did – but by the time the Scots faced against the Dutch the majority of the players had not played in several weeks with their seasons already complete and then she dropped influential midfielder Megan Sneddon playing several key players out of position.
Those failings saw Scotland lose to Holland and with it a place in the 2015 World Cup in Canada. So despite failing to qualify for five major tournaments – the Scottish FA have given Signeul a SIXTH major tournament qualifying campaign.
Surely there are managers and coaches in the Scottish game currently who can do the job and inspire the players to do more than just mere expectations?