Ahead of the new 2019 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 LFC Head Coach, Donald Jennow.
How are excited are you for the 2019 season?: This is a big year for women’s football in this country and at Motherwell. The World Cup will add interest and we are looking forward to competing at the top level of the domestic game.
What are your aims and ambitions for the new season?: We need to stay in the league first and foremost. If we can cement our position in SWPL 1, that will give us a platform to build on.
Based on the other teams in the league, do you think this will be the most competitive season ever?: It should be. There is no doubt the teams are getting closer to each other. Hibs and City still represent the bench mark but every team needs to catch them rather than hope for them to come back towards the pack.
With the new season around a month away, how have preparations een so far?: We have had a really positive start to preseason. The weather has been kind so far and the new players are bedding in well.
Do you have plans to/have you had much change to the squad? What impact could this have on your season?: There is always a bit of movement. I think we have added good quality players to our group who all have the right attitude and motivation to do well here.
For perhaps new fans of the women’s game, who are some players in your squad they should look out for?: Kerry Montgomery is a Northern Ireland international and has experience at that level as well as Champions League. We have added others with similar experience and also some really exciting young talent.
As well, are there any new/younger players we may see more of in 2019?: Our young players will have their ups and downs but they know how highly I rate them and I want them to develop here. If they do, they won’t need me to promote them.
You start the new season playing Stirling University at home, what do you make of that fixture?: It’s a bit of an unknown at this stage with their manager departing towards the end of 2018 but they have top quality players and are established in this league.
How important do you think it will be to get off to a good start?: We obviously want to start well but it’s a long season. I want players who have a level headed nature that allows them to deal with adversity and handle successes with humility. We will improve as the season goes on so as long as we are competitive in the early stages, I’ll be happy.
Given how big 2019 is for Scottish Women’s Football as a whole, how excited are you to be involved?: It’s a hugely important year for the women’s game and it’s on everyone involved to make the most of it. Speak up about the pros of the game and improve on the challenges.
Finally, what would you say to encourage people to come and support your team this season?: The league is ever improving. The national team is competing against the big nations and our league is the grounding for the next wave of international players. Come and spot the next Kim little.