Arsenal Ladies boss Shelley Kerr to step down after Everton cup final

Shelley Kerr will step down after the cup final: Action Images

Shelley Kerr will step down after the cup final: Action Images

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Arsenal Ladies manager Shelley Kerr has decided to step down from her position after Sunday’s Women’s FA Cup final.

Her last match in charge will be this weekend when Arsenal take on Everton in the final.

Kerr told the club website: “I’ve had a fantastic 16 months with Arsenal, but feel this is the right time to step aside.

“It’s been a privilege to manage one of the leading sides in the women’s game, and to work with so many talented players.

“I would like to thank the club for that opportunity, and hope to bring my spell with Arsenal to a successful close on Sunday, with the defence of the FA Cup.”

During her time with the club, the former Scotland Under-19 coach won the FA Women’s Cup and Continental Cup double in 2013.

Arsenal Ladies have a superb record in the FA Women’s Cup having won the competition 12 times in 13 final appearances.

This year’s final is taking place at Stadium mk and kicks off at 4.30pm.

The team eased to a 3-0 win over Bristol Academy last season after goals from Steph Houghton, Jordan Nobbs and Ellen White.

Arsenal Ladies suffered their third consecutive defeat in the Women’s Super League after losing 2-0 to Bristol Academy at Meadow Park on Sunday.

The result leaves them bottom of the table after four matches.

Christie Murray had an early opportunity for the home side but her shot was straight at keeper Mary Earps.

Kelly Smith went even closer but the striker’s effort was kept out by the agile Earps.

Natalia Pablos Sanchon nearly opened the scoring for the visitors but her strike was deflected into the side netting.

The crucial breakthrough fell to Bristol after half an hour. Corrine Yorston sent in a cross and Sophie Ingle’s strike flew into the net.

Arsenal keeper Emma Byrne was forced to palm an effort over the bar from Nikki Watts before the break.

It was almost 2-0 after the restart when Pablos Sanchon curled a shot against the bar.

But the visitors extended their lead after 59 minutes when Watts sent in a cross

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