Leicester City Women manager Jonathan Morgan leaves after seven-year stint in charge

Leicester City Women manager Jonathan Morgan has left the club after a seven-year stint in charge.

Emile Heskey, the club’s head of football development, will take training until a new manager is appointed.

The club are currently without a point, and bottom of the Women’s Super League (WSL).

Morgan had presided over Leicester’s rise from the fourth tier to the WSL, to which they were promoted this season.

Assistant manager Michael Makoni and first-team coach Holly Morgan have also left the club.

A Leicester statement said: “Leicester City confirms the departure of Jonathan Morgan from his role as LCFC Women first-team manager.

“The football club would like to place on record its thanks to Jonathan for everything he has helped the Club to achieve during his time as manager, which included promotion to the FA Women’s Super League as FA Women’s Championship winners.

“Assistant manager Michael Makoni and first team Coach Holly Morgan also depart with the club’s best wishes for their future careers.

“Holly, who transitioned to a coaching role at the end of last season, came through the Academy ranks to eventually captain the side before her retirement from playing.

“All three have played an important role in the development of LCFC Women, particularly since the club turned professional following its acquisition by King Power in August 2020.

“Retention of its FA Women’s Super League status is central to the club’s vision for the long-term development of women’s football in the city. The club feels a change in leadership is now necessary to give the team the best possible chance of achieving this in the remaining months of the season.”

Morgan added: “This club has been part of mine and my family’s life for 12 years from when my sister Holly Morgan joined as a young player. To have taken Leicester from the Midlands Division 1 to a FAWSL club gives me nothing but pride. Earning promotion last season in the manner we did will always be a memory I can share with the fans and the city.

“This season has been disappointing, with injuries contributing to a difficult start, but we haven’t achieved the results we had hoped for.

“I wish the club, the staff and the players my very best.”

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