THE COACHES: MANCHESTER CITY
Introducing Nick Cushing newly appointed manager at Manchester City Women
MANCHESTER City may be the FA Women’s Super League’s big-spenders but new manager Nick Cushing insists it’s not all about immediate success.
Newly renamed Manchester City Women’s Football Club have already recruited England internationals Jill Scott, Toni Duggan, Karen Bardsley and Steph Houghton into the side for the new season.
And the signing of Isobel Christiansen from Birmingham marks the seventh of the close season for the ambitious WSL debutants.
But while most onlookers have the highest of expectations ahead of the new season, Cushing – who has occupied various coaching roles at the club in recent seasons – admits he will not be rushed into chasing silverware too quickly.
“We are taking one step at a time at the minute,” said Cushing. “We are trying to focus on building a team that is going to be competitive.
“We are a new team at WSL level. I think at the moment our first aim is to try and build a team and building the right environment and culture.
“Of course it will help that we have brought in England internationals because they have played together.
“But it’s more important that they are experienced as players. The experience that they have had at international level has given them the mentality and the mindset that we want at the club.
“We are working as a new team here so that experience is going to help us. We are very happy to have them here.
“Manchester City as a club has a methodology and philosophy of playing exciting football, whether that be at the under-9s, 10s or the men’s first team or the women’s.
“It runs through the whole club. We want to play exciting football that people want to come and watch and keep coming back to watch.”
Leigh Wood continues his long-standing association with the team as head coach and Cushing will also be assisted by coach Kevin Sims and goalkeeping coach Kurt de Klerk.
And while it has been quite a whirlwind build up to the new campaign for Cushing, he hasn’t ruled out making more changes over the next few seasons.
“We are happy with the squad that we have got but it will be a continuous process throughout this season, next season and the seasons after that,” he added.
“It’s a one-club mentality here at Man City whether that’s the men’s first team or the women’s first team.
“We are all one club and we share one vision, one club philosophy with the same methodology.”
By Ruth Dacey