Doncaster Belles: Gordon Staniforth named as new manager

Gordon Staniforth with Belles & York youngsters Jemma Purfield (r) and Ellie Wilkinson.

Gordon Staniforth with Belles & York youngsters Jemma Purfield (r) and Ellie Wilkinson.

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The Free Press can officially confirm that Gordon Staniforth is the new Doncaster Rovers Belles manager.

The former York City and Carlisle United footballer tweeted earlier today to say he had accepted the spot that was vacated by John Buckley back in September following 10 years of service.

The 56-year-old, whose daughter Lucy plays for WSL side Bristol Academy Women, has a wealth of footballing experience on and off the field and is an FA senior coach and FA Women’s mentor.

The former England schoolboy international is also a co-ordinator at the York Centre of Excellence.

Julie Chipchase told the Free Press: “We had an impressive long list of applicants who we shortlisted down to four potential candidates.

“We were not being rushed into an appointment and have been careful to put the applicants through a rigorous interview and practical coaching assignment with 360 degree feedback.

“We are not just accepting big reputations we want to get the right strategic fit for the club to progress our 10 year vision for Doncaster Belles to be once again the leading ladies football team in the country.”

See this week’s Doncaster Free Press for an exclusive interview with Staniforth who talks about keeping players such as Sue Smith and Leandra Little, the plans he has for links between the club and York’s CofE and his ‘dream’ appointment.

Click here for Hayley Paterson’s predictions prior to the Belles manager announcement - http://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/sport/football/doncaster-belles-ringing-in-a-new-era-1-6208175