DONCASTER Belles are set to appoint a new manager within a couple of weeks following the surprise departure of Julie Chipchase.

The 42-year-old Doncaster boss left the club to take charge at Leeds United last week after more than a decade with the Belles as player and coach.

But general manager Mick Abrahams said the club was now hoping to appoint a "charismatic" new coach who could take the Belles back to the number one spot after finishing runners up in the Premier Division for the last four seasons.

The Belles are looking for someone with top coaching qualifications and have consulted former Rovers boss Steve Beaglehole and ex-Belle Vue assistant manager Glynn Snodin, among others, to try and find the right person.

Abrahams said: "We have been in touch with a number of people in the game who will help us to make the best appointment we can.

"Ideally we are looking for an ex-professional who can motivate and bring the best out of the players to take us back to the top spot."

Former England international Gail Borman takes over as acting manager until an appointment is made and all the club's top players are staying including star striker Karen Walker who has announced she is stepping down from international football to concentrate on her league career.

There had been fears that some players might follow Chipchase to Leeds but Abrahams said: "We have spoken to most of them and they are all staying.

"We are hoping for a really big season next year and aim to add some quality players to the squad."

The Belles have already had talks with two current England internationals and are hoping that key defender Michelle Barr will also return to the club.