Last January, Vicky Jepson left her past role as manager of Liverpool Women “by mutual consent,” bringing to a close more than a decade of involvement with the Merseyside club. At the time, Liverpool were struggling in the Championship after being relegated the season before due to what can really be described as gross mishandling of the club’s state of affairs.
Today, she has a new job — as assistant to Rehanne Skinner at Tottenham Hotspur Women.
✍️ We are delighted to announce the appointment of Vicky Jepson as Assistant Coach for our Women’s first team.— Tottenham Hotspur Women (@SpursWomen) July 2, 2021
Jepson is a coach with a ton of experience and is a really fantastic get for Skinner’s coaching squad. She replaces past assistant Lauren Smith who left Spurs to take up the vacant managerial post at relegated Bristol City Women. Jepson has strong ties to Liverpool and still considers that club her home, but Liverpool’s loss is Tottenham’s gain, and she should be an outstanding addition to the staff. She gave a statement on Tottenham’s website about her new appointment:
“I’m really excited about my new role – I’m refreshed, refocused and ready to hit the ground running at this fantastic club. I have a good working relationship with Rehanne through her previous work in the England national set-up, where we communicated regularly about players during my time at Liverpool, and I know she’s got an incredible passion for driving things forward at this Club, so I’m delighted to be a part of that and to be working with her on this journey at Spurs. By working as an assistant to Rehanne, I’m looking forward to being able to focus more on the coaching side of the game and helping to get the best out of our players on a daily basis.”
And there’s more! Earlier today, Tottenham also announced that they have exercised an option to sign Korea international midfielder and captain Cho So-hyun on a permanent basis through the end of the 2022 season.
✍️ We are delighted to announce that So-Hyun Cho will remain a Tottenham Hotspur player!— Tottenham Hotspur Women (@SpursWomen) July 2, 2021
Cho, 33, spent the second half of last season on loan from West Ham Women, making nine appearances. She took a while to adapt to her new club at first and also struggled some with injury, but she’s a solid professional with a lot of experience who will hopefully help Tottenham as they retool ahead of the new season. Cho said this in her club announcement:
“I am so happy to sign for Spurs after my loan at the Club and I feel lucky to work with such talented staff and team-mates. With the help of everyone here, I was able to adapt quickly to the team last season. I still need to adapt more – I want to score and assist a lot more. I believe our team will get better and better and I am very excited to be part of the Club going into the future. I’m really looking forward to the start of the new season.”
This is hopefully just the first step in a major rebuild of Tottenham’s team. Spurs struggled to score last season and upgrading the attack and the midfield will be high on Skinner’s priority list heading into the new WSL campaign. There’s a long way to go if Spurs want to have any chance of competing with the clubs at the top of the table, and they’ll need a lot of help and support to get there.