Ahead of their Vitality Women’s FA Cup encounter away to Wolves Women, Nottingham Forest have announced that their Women’s first team manager, Andy Cook, has signed a new contract with the club.
Teessider Cook, who joined the club in July 2019, has had an enjoyable spell with the Garibaldi and the hope remains that he can lead them to promotion, opportunities that have been waylaid over the past two seasons due to the ongoing, global pandemic.
Speaking to www.nottinghamforest.co.uk Andy, who is the first full-time women’s manager in their history, leading them to second place in the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier last season, said: “I’m delighted to sign a new contract here at Nottingham Forest.
“During my two years we’ve enjoyed good progress on and off the pitch and to finish second on points-per-game last season was a particular highlight.
“Since the pandemic, I can’t speak highly enough of the football club and the support they have offered to me and the players in what has been a very difficult time for many clubs.
“This new contract shows the commitment and progress we are making here at Nottingham Forest.
“We will now build on the previous two seasons and make further improvements across the club from juniors to regional talent clubs to the senior teams.
“We are also looking forward to this Sunday when we play our first fixture back in a tough FA Cup tie at Wolverhampton Wanderers.”
Now back in training ahead of Sunday’s vital FA Cup clash in the Black Country, delighting on socials that they “kicked a bag of air around for 90 minutes. It was joyous,” the Teessider will no doubt be looking forward to the many challenges that lie ahead.
Singing the plaudits of the Women’s boss, David Cook, Nottingham Forest Chief Commercial Officer and Nottingham Forest Women Chairman, added: “Andy has made a great impression on us all at the football club.
“His enthusiasm and knowledge of the women’s game is infectious and this contract is a reward for the improvements across our women and girls programmes over the last two seasons.
“The integration of Forest Women has been an important strategic move for the club and we look forward to continuing our progress under Andy’s leadership.”
Nottingham Forest Women travel to Wolves Women in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup Second Round, kick-off at 14:00 (live coverage begins at 13:45 via Wolves TV), on Sunday 4 April; the winner of the tie will travel to either Watford, or the MK Dons, on Sunday 11 April.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @NFFCWomen Andy Cook has an impressive record in charge of Forest.