Shelley Kerr steps down as Scotland Women coach after Euros dismay

Shelley Kerr has stepped down as the Scotland Women head coach. Kerr will make way for a successor after defeat by Finland this month ended Scotland’s hopes of reaching the Euro 2022 finals.

“I know the timing is right for me to look ahead to the next chapter, to face new challenges and to create and enjoy more amazing experiences on my journey,” she said in a statement.

The Scottish Football Association chief executive, Ian Maxwell, said: “This Uefa Euro qualifying campaign ended sooner than we anticipated and we both felt it was the right time for the national team to regroup in time for the World Cup qualifiers, and for Shelley to fulfil her career ambitions with a fresh challenge.”

Kerr, a former Scotland international, took the post in April 2017 and led Scotland to their first World Cup finals. Her previous jobs as a manager include spells with Arsenal and Stirling University.