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Portsmouth manager Vanessa Raynbird is to retire at the end of the season.
Raynbird, 59, has taken the decision to step back from managing the first team after 11 seasons at the helm. She will be replaced by a joint management team with Katie Poore and Perry Northeast taking the helm.
Her involvement with the club will continue in the coming years, as she takes up the post of Business Manager. It is a new position which has been created with the aim of overseeing all aspects of football within the club including developing the Portsmouth Ladies youth section as well as increasing the club's role in the community.
David Coyle, Club Chairman, said: "I've had the pleasure of working with Vanessa for many years at Pompey Ladies.
"Her dedication and energy - both on and off the pitch - has been an inspiration to everyone involved with the club. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Vanessa for her hard work as manager.
"I'm delighted she is taking up a director's position as Business Manager. It will be a challenging role but one that is in extremely capable hands."
During her time as first-team manager, Vanessa has guided Pompey Ladies to countless Hampshire Cup and Portsmouth Cup titles as the club climbed the divisions, culminating in a long-awaited promotion to the FA Women's Premier League National Division in 2012 as champions of the Southern Division.
Vanessa said: "I think the time is right for me to step back from the first team and take on a new challenge.
"I have enjoyed my 11 seasons. It has been a privilege to work with so many fantastic players and to be part of this club as it has continued to grow.
"I know I will be leaving the team in the capable hands of Katie, who has been a fantastic assistant to me over the past three years, and Perry, who became first team coach this season and has built a great rapport with the girls.
"But it is time for a change, for me as well as the team, and I am looking forward to taking up my new position in the summer."
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