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Gemma Grainger to become Norway head coach

Gemma Grainger departs from her position as head coach of Wales Women to assume the role of head coach for Norway Women.

Grainger served as the manager of Wales for nearly three years, starting her tenure in March 2021. During her time, she led the team through a successful period.

Additionally, under her guidance, the team came close to qualifying for the Women’s World Cup last summer. They narrowly missed out after a last-minute defeat in the play-off final against Switzerland.

In that timeframe, Wales achieved a record attendance for a women’s international match. A crowd of 15,200 fans witnessed their World Cup play-off semi-final against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Cardiff City Stadium.

In the inaugural Women’s Nations League, Wales concluded at the bottom of Group A3, facing Germany, Denmark, and Iceland. Their lone point in the campaign was secured in Grainger’s final match in charge. It was a 1-1 draw against Germany at the Swansea.com Stadium.

Gemma Grainger is set to assume the coaching role for Norway, the former World Cup and European champions. Leif Gunnar Smerud served as the interim coach following the departure of Hege Riise after the World Cup, where Norway exited in the last 16 in Australia and New Zealand.

Gemma Grainger: I had no intention to leave Cymru

Grainger said about her departure: “Over the last three years I have given my heart and soul to our journey. I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to work with this team and proud nation.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to work with this group of players and staff. And to represent a nation that has supported the team with incredible pride and passion.

“I had no intention to leave Cymru. But I have been offered an unexpected opportunity that I could not turn down. It has been extremely difficult for me to get to this point. I hope you know the decision to leave has not been taken lightly.

“I truly believe this team is ready to take the next steps and qualify. I’m confident the team can continue to build and grow from this point forward.

“Cymru will forever have a place in my heart, diolch am bopeth.”

Noel Mooney, FAW Chief Executive, also said: “I would like to place on record our sincere gratitude for what Gemma Grainger has achieved during her time as Cymru national team manager. She worked incredibly hard with all of us at the FAW to provide the best possible environment for the women’s national team to be successful.

“We are really happy that we have progressed well under Gemma. Now, we enter a period of recruitment for a new manager that will give us the best opportunity to qualify for Euro 2025 and the 2027 World Cup.”

FAW President, Steve Williams added: “I’d like to thank Gemma for her hard work during her tenure as manager. Having continued to raise the standards within the national team set-up, I believe her eventual successor will also have the tools to continue pushing this team to new heights.”

Alex Lundy
Alex Lundy
A lifelong football fan, Alex loves to dabble in its history, especially FIFA World Cup. But his love for sports doesn't end at football since he loves watching NBA and Formula1 too. Reading novels and watching classic films takes the rest of his time.
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