Ahead of the 2020 season, we’ll catch-up with every single Scottish Building Society SWPL team. From new Head Coaches, new signings, and new aspirations, it’s set to be another exciting campaign.
We spoke to Motherwell FC Manager, Eddie Wolecki Black. After leaving Celtic at the end of the 2019 season, Black returns to Motherwell. He previously managed the side to promotion from SWPL 2 and to a Scottish Cup Final in the 2018 season.
How are excited are you for the 2020 season? We are very excited for the 2020 season and I’m excited to be back at Motherwell.
What do you make of the changes for the new season? I think its a positive change and will make it more competitive with potential for two teams to move between SWPL 1 and 2.
What are your aims and ambitions for the new season? We want to build on the achievements the team made last year and be even more competitive in the league.
Based on the other teams in the league, do you think this will be the most competitive season ever? Everyone in the division has strengthened in one way or another. The investment that clubs are now putting into the women’s teams will only bring on the women’s game.
With the new season around a month away, how have preparations been so far? Preparations are going well and we are about to begin pre-season friendlies will allow ourselves to see exactly how we are doing.
Do you have plans to/have you had much change to the squad? We’ve managed to keep a large amount of last seasons squad and also added some youth and experience to help boost squad. We’ve also added to the coaching staff to help us perform.
For perhaps new fans of the women’s game, who are some players in your squad they should look out for? We’ve feel that we have many players that people will be excited to see in the 2020 season and we are hoping these player can become role models for the local girls who are in our ever growing academy and local community.
As well, are there any new/younger players we may see more of in 2020? Abby Callaghan was a break through into the team last year and we are hoping she continues to develop as she has been doing
You start the new season away to Forfar Farmington. What do you make of that fixture? Forfar is always a hard place to go, especially with them now having a new Head Coach and also bringing in new players for the 2020 season.
How important do you think it will be to get off to a good start? It will be a long season with many highs and lows. No matter a good start to the season will only help in terms trying to achieve what we want.
Finally, what would you say to encourage people to come and support your team this season? The entertaining football is the best in terms of value for money and shouldn’t be missed.