Ladies Appoint Calum Oakenfold As New First Team Manager
Sheffield FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Calum Oakenfold as its Ladies’ First Team's Manager.
Calum re-joins the World's First Football Club having previously worked as Ladies' Development Team Manager in 2015/16, taking the side to the FA Women’s Super League Development Cup final before losing in extra-time to Arsenal.
Oakenfold then stepped into a role as first team coach under previous manager Zoe Johnson, working with the FA WSL2 side for just under two years, and contributing to the team's fifth placed finish in 2016.
Currently taking his UEFA ‘A’ licence with the Irish FA, Calum brings with him over 15 years of coaching experience, including youth team roles at Bristol Rovers' and Sheffield Wednesday's Academies. He fills the post vacated by Kyle O’Reilly in December 2018.
Oakenfold’s first task is to prepare the side for a tough trip to Stoke City this week-end, hoping to build on last Sunday's result at Bradford City - for which the new manager was present - and help steer the Club away from the FA WNL Northern Premier Division trap door.
Calum had this to say on his appointment and his return to Sheffield FC: “Taking this role on is a great honour for me, and I am really looking forward to being back with the Club."
“When the opportunity was presented to me, I couldn’t turn down the challenge and the chance to progress my career, and I'm very excited to get going.”
“I have worked with a number of players in the squad before, and I truly believe that this group has the quality to be in a better league position than it is. Sheffield FC Ladies has a great reputation in the game and I want to get them back to competing at the highest level possible.”
“We have a clear challenge to achieve by the end of this season, and that will be our immediate focus before looking at longer term development. With the players and staff that we have at the Club, I feel this should be achievable.”
Everyone at Sheffield FC would like to welcome Calum back to the World's First, and wish him well for the rest of this season and beyond.