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Leeds United have announced that their new management team will be Manager Rick Passmoor and Assistant Manager Leanne Hall.
Rick Passmoor, who will be the new first team manager, is an experienced A Licence coach who has coached some of the best young players in the men's game at the Leeds United Academy where he has an excellent reputation as both a coach and in the network of football development. Rick works full time for 'Football in The Community' at Leeds United and he is no stranger to the women's game as he is the Leeds United Girls Centre of Excellence Director.
Leanne Hall rejoins Leeds for her second spell at the club after previously spending two years at the club as a goalkeeper. Leanne has won 24 caps for England but unfortunately is currently recuperating from a serious neck injury. She does, however, hope to be able to play again towards the end of the year. Leanne is currently taking the second part of her A Licence coaching badge and runs her own coaching school.
Chairperson Melanie Vauvelle is delighted with the new management team and admitted: "I am thrilled that we have managed to get Rick and Leanne to Leeds, we sat down and discussed what Rick could bring to us. He has so much ambition and drive to take Leeds forward that it didn't take long before we were convinced we had found the right person to manage Leeds United Ladies.
"He has so much experience from the men's game that he can bring to the women's game and the players will all benefit from his. We are sure we have the right team in place to take this club to another level and Rick's coaching and professionalism, together with Leanne's experience and knowledge of the women's game, it is a perfect combination. We believe that we have the best management team in the Premier League.
"We are working hard throughout pre-season to ensure the backing is in place to give the management team the support to develop Leeds United Ladies and to take the club forward. What happened at Charlton shows how essential it is to be self-funding. Charlton are now in the same predicament that Leeds were in two years ago and it has taken a lot of hard work and drive for Leeds to get to this position. Women's clubs now need to have their own structure of financial support - we used to be fully funded by Leeds United, and I still hope that some day we will get support and financial help again, but we must ensure that we are never fully reliant upon the men's side. After all, it is the men's team and the league that they are in that dictates how much financial help they may give."
Melanie Vauvelle further states that Leeds United Ladies will shortly be announcing a long term partnership "…that will secure the future of Leeds United Ladies for up to five years and help to take us to the next level both on and off the pitch whist still allowing for the finalising of the shirt sponsorship deal. The future is now looking bright for the club but we still need to raise more money as we have set our standards very high.
"We are about to launch a Leeds United Ladies season ticket, where for just £25 you can watch all of our home league games as well as many other benefits, where can you watch International football players for that money. If we can get supporters and the people of Leeds to support the season ticket, it will make a huge difference to the club. We also have player sponsorships available for £250.00 as well as match day packages. Further information can be obtained by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (07805) 896977 between 5pm-8pm.
"We have moved grounds this summer to Tadcaster Albion FC, which is between Leeds and York just off the A64. We played a couple of games there at the back end of last season and the club were so welcoming that we made the decision to move home grounds. Tadcaster Albion will be helping us promote the games in the local area and they want us to feel like it is our home as much as theirs, the facilities are good both on and off the pitch with an excellent playing surface as well as a large function area for fund raising events too. So many other men's football clubs just want your money and nothing else."
New First Team Manager Rick Passmoor commented: "I have taken a keen interest in the ladies team for some time and used to see them all the time when they trained at Leeds United's Training ground. I am really looking forward to the season as it will be a new challenge in both coaching and managing. I will treat them as full time professionals yet I will also remember that many of the players either have full time jobs or are still in education, therefore the coaching must be interesting and they must develop as players and enjoy themselves too. We have such talented girls already at the club but I want to improve and develop them further and make them better players, whether that's a 17-year-old or a senior international player.
"We will be bringing in a few new players to strengthen the squad in certain areas. Leanne and I have already started speaking to a few new players and we hope to announce some new signings soon. I think that Leanne and I will work very well together, she is a very well respected player and coach in the women's game and will assist me in many areas. Leanne has the same professional, organised approach that I have and wish to instil this at Leeds. I have not come to Leeds to make up the numbers in the league - I am very ambitious and want to see Leeds as serious contenders to Arsenal in the next couple of years. Having been involved with the Girls Centre of Excellence at Leeds, I know just what talent we have coming through .If we can get a squad in place now that is capable of winning trophies then, with the talent coming through, we will sustain this long term.
Leanne Hall added: "I have always had fond memories of Leeds from when I played here before. I could see how well it was run and how ambitious the club were and when an opportunity came up to work alongside Rick in the management team and learn so much, I jumped at the chance to rejoin Leeds.
"When I heard first hand what his plans for the team were and the development of the players, I realise how ambitious and thorough Rick was. I am relishing the challenge and cannot wait for pre-season to start. I can't play at the moment so while I have been in rehab it has given me more time to devote to coaching and the management side, which is where I see my future after I have given up playing. I do hope to play again and if I get the all clear from the specialist then I will be fighting for that No.1 shirt at Leeds and to get my England place back.
"The injury has made me think about my football career after playing so this gives me a great opportunity to work alongside someone with so much experience. I am as excited about this season as both an assistant manager and as a player. Rick is the right person to take this club forward."
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