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Rehanne Skinner sacked as Tottenham manager after a string of nine defeats

Despite recording the club’s highest-ever league finish last season, Tottenham have not won since October and now face the threat of relegation.

Rehanne Skinner sacked as Spurs manager
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Tottenham announced the departure of manager Rehanne Skinner on Monday, coming at the end of a run of nine straight defeats that leaves the club in real danger of relegation from the Women’s Super League.

Sunday’s 2-1 defeat against Liverpool left the club just two points above the relegation zone and without a win since October. Last season Spurs finished fifth in the WSL and made the semi-finals of the Continental Cup, but this year’s performances have been well below that level.

After Skinner’s sacking was announced on Monday afternoon the club’s managing director, Andy Rogers, expressed his thanks for Skinner’s work during her three seasons with Tottenham.

Rehanne has played an integral role in our development in the women’s game, both on and off the field,” he said.

“She has carried out her duties with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail, and we should like to thank her for everything she has done.”

Vicky Jepson to lead the fight for WSL survival

Skinner had been at the club since November 2020, having left her post as assistant head coach in the England national team. She took over a Tottenham side languishing in the relegation places and managed to secure an eighth-placed finish in her first season.

In 2021/22 Skinner guided Tottenham to fifth, the club’s best-ever WSL placing, and signed a contract extension that would have kept her at the club until 2024.

But results have tailed off since an 8-0 victory over Brighton in October and the club is now battling against relegation from the top tier of women’s football in England.

Tottenham fell to 2-1 defeat at Liverpool.
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Tottenham fell to 2-1 defeat at Liverpool. Tottenham Hotspur FCGetty

Tottenham announced that Skinner’s assistant, Vicky Jepson, will be in charge for their crucial fixture against Leicester City on Wednesday. Leicester currently sit bottom of the table but could leapfrog Tottenham with a victory, pushing Spurs into the relegation places.

Jepson does have significant experience as a head coach having led Liverpool for three years before their relegation from the WSL. She joined Tottenham in July 2021 as Skinner’s assistant.


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