Bristol City Women have confirmed Tanya Oxtoby’s appointment as head coach. The 36-year-old was formally an assistant at Birmingham City Women. Oxtoby has a big task on her hands to turn things around in the WSL 1 after the side struggled last season, while coping with the loss of a number of key players this summer.
Bristol City Women chairman Kevin Hamblin said: “We are thrilled to have secured Tanya as the new manager of the Vixens. As someone that has successfully made the transition from player to coach/manager, the board was unanimous in believing she has all the right qualities to take the team forward.”
Millie Turner, Chloe Arthur, Lauren Hemp, Aimee Palmer, Jas Matthews and Yana Daniels have left Bristol City in recent weeks, while Sophie Baggaley, Carla
Humphrey, Flo Allen, Poppy Wilson, Frankie Brown, Loren Dykes and Danique Kerkdijk have replaced them. City are due to have a number of pre-season friendlies behind closed doors to prep them for a gruelling 2018/19 campaign.
City finished eighth in the WSL 1 table with 16 points from 18 games last season and will hope to improve upon that total this season. The overhaul of players could lead to them starting the new campaign slowly, but Oxtoby is a proven winner in the past – leading Perth Glory to an Australian W-League title and Grand Final.