Willie Kirk: Everton manager sacked after poor start to WSL season

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Everton reached the 2020 FA Cup final under Willie Kirk

After a disappointing start in the Women's Super League season, Everton have fired manager Willie Kirk.

Kirk was appointed December 2018 and has only overseen two wins in the five initial league games.

Everton stated that they are looking for a new manager to take over in time for their fixture against Leicester in the Continental Cup.

Jean-Luc Vasseur, a former Lyon manager, is thought to be a candidate for this role.

"I am grateful to the club for the opportunity they gave me three-years ago. Kirk, 43, led Everton to the final of the FA Cup at Wembley in 2020.

"The FA Cup final, less than a decade ago, was without a doubt the highlight, and a memory that will last a lifetime.

"Unfortunately, the season did not start as we expected. This was due to a difficult opening fixture list and rebuilding a squad that included eight new players.

"I am certain that the talented team I have left behind will have a bright future."

Everton is currently eighth in the WSL table. This places them nine points behind leaders Arsenal. Last season, the Blues were fifth in WSL.

Kirk was previously the manager of Bristol City in WSL and was also an assistant to Casey Stoney at Manchester United prior to taking up the Everton position.