I am very please to annouce that Marc Nurse will be writing regularly for the site along with a number of players and club officials. Marc was appointed as the new ladies manager this season and there has been some high profile changes at the club this season. I asked Marc some questions and it was great to get his answers and learn a bit more about the new manager.
Can you tell us about your background before becoming the West Ham ladies manager?
Immediately before joining West Ham Ladies I was Head of Football development at Clapton FC (mens) who are currently in the Essex Senior league. I am also an academy coach at Dagenham and Redbridge.
How would you describe your managerial style and philosophy?
I always prefer to focus on the positives and aim high. At the beginning of the season I said that I would like for us to finish top 5. Perhaps a bit optimistic now I have seen the standards of some of the other teams, but I still maintain that we have some real talent in the team and I can see with some hard work that the girls will do well.
What have you changed since Julian Dicks’ spell in charge?
Not really sure, as I have not been accustomed how Julian coached & managed the squad, so can’t really comment.
Have you been happy with the season so far?
Start of the season, no. There were lots of issues at the beginning which we are all aware of, but now those are issue have been put aside we have been able to focus on moving forward. I am much happier with recent performances and the ladies have been putting their hearts and souls in to training and matches. The ladies are very positive now and we are looking forward to tackling the rest of the season.
Is there any decision or moment that if you could go back in time you would change?
I guess there are many people out there who would expect me to say yes to this, that I made a mistake and I wish I could undo it. But the fact is, I firmly stick by the decisions that I have made.There is only one side of the story out there which has been judged on just that.The situation could have been dealt with better, but the end result would have remained the same.There is always a story behind the story, but I feel we should move past that now.he ladies have moved on to other teams, and we are rebuilding and growing ourselves.We are positive, focused and determined.
How do you hope the season will finish?
With a fantastic end of season game at the Boleyn! Other than that, mid table is now our aim.
What are your long term goals for the team?
My goals for the remaining season is to be finish mid-table, with the ambition to challenging for the league next year.
As you know ExWHUEmployee sponsors the three Italian’s at the club, how would you describe them and their influence on the team?
Our Italian ladies are outstanding players. I had the pleasure of Guilia staying with myself and my family for a couple of weeks whilst she arranged accommodation in London. She is a talented player and a really lovely, genuine person. Her parents were watching the game on Sunday against Brighton and they got to see her in action, including the penalty that she scored from. The Italians bring skill, strength and hopefully goals and I am looking forward to seeing them build and gel with the team as the season progresses.
Watch Giulia’s video here:
Is there any message you would like to give to the West Ham fans?
I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received from some of the fans on Twitter and on forums. I have received lots of messages of encouragement right from the start and I will continue to work hard with the ladies to achieve results. I can see the team going from strength to strength and now we have been through some rocky times we will come out fighting and stronger, together.
West Ham United LFC
First Team Manager