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Everton manager Willie Kirk after a slow start to the season

By Press Association 2021

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Everton have parted ways with boss Willie Kirk.

The Scotsman was appointed manager in December 2018 and guided Everton to the 2020 FA Cup final, where they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City.

“Everton can confirm that Willie Kirk has stepped down as manager of the club’s women’s team,” a club statement read.

“The club would like to thank Willie for his service and wish him well for the future.

“Willie was appointed in December 2018 and has played a key role in advancing our women’s team and our structure, making the club more competitive in the Barclays FA WSL and reaching the 2020 FA Cup final.

“Everton are aiming to have a new manager in place before the club’s next Continental Cup game at Leicester City on November 3.”

Kirk has overseen sixth and fifth places in the Women’s Super League during her two full seasons at the helm of Merseyside.

Everton are currently eighth in the WSL with two wins and three losses in five games.

Kirk said: “I am grateful to the club for the opportunity it gave me three years ago. During that time we have made tremendous progress on and off the pitch and I am leaving the club in a better place.

“Without a doubt, the highlight was the FA Cup final less than a year ago, a memory that will stay with me forever.

“Unfortunately, this season has not started as we expected, due to a very difficult opening game list and the rebuilding of a squad with eight new players.

“I have no doubt that the talented team I am leaving behind can have a very bright future.”

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