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Winch eager to write new chapter in Belles history

6 July 2023


Winch eager to write new chapter in Belles history

6 July 2023

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New manager Sam Winch is determined to write a glorious new chapter in the storied history of the Belles.

The 35-year-old has formed a new management team with head coach Alexandre Brito Nogueira and the pair are seeking to spark a rise back up the women’s football pyramid.

Winch was keen to emphasise that there is plenty of work to be done to prepare the Belles for the new campaign in FAWNL Division One North but insists promotion must be the target.

“The initial target for us is to make sure we’ve got the right people in place in terms of personnel in the backroom staff and the squad,” he said.

“I’m pleased to see that the majority of the players are remaining with the club. Things will change maybe over the next few weeks.

“We want to bed ourselves in over the next few weeks and then we can make targets on the pitch towards the end of pre-season.

“But with the club having finished second for the last three years, we have to be there or thereabouts.

“This is a club with a rich history but the pen has been put down for a few years now. I want to pick the pen up and add some new history.”

Winch is excited to begin working alongside Nogueira and is determined for their partnership to provide a strong platform to build from.

“It’s a different structure that needs to be put in place so we can get some foundations put down,” he said. “Stability is the main word. We want that but we also want to make sure that we’re not stood still.

“Myself and Alex have had a few chats already and I’m excited to work with him. There will be roles that he takes the lead on and ones that I do.

“I’m buzzing to get started with it all.”

Winch has a background in the women’s game, having previously managed Nottingham Forest and coached at Leicester City.

And he is excited to make his management return.

He said: “I started coaching at the age of 22 when I was in Australia where I played for three years. I’ve worked with all different ages - the boys in the Academy at Nottingham Forest, the YDP at Burton Albion.

“In the women’s game, I was manager of Nottingham Forest and assistant at Leicester to Jonathan Morgan, who is now at Sheffield United.

“Most recently I was back in the men’s game with Grantham Town and Basford United. Also at Basford, I was chairman of the women’s section and that has really excited me for this year.”

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