Hearts Women

Kevin moves on

14th July 2020

Kevin Murphy will leave his role as First Team Manager of Hearts Women to take up a position at Rangers.

Kevin, who played a key role in integrating Hearts Women into the club, will move to Ibrox to become their women’s side’s First Team Assistant Coach and Girls Academy Manager.

Formerly at Manchester City, Kevin arrived at Hearts in January 2019 as Girls Academy and Women’s Manager, and focused on implementing an elite Girls Academy system at the club.

In January of this year he took on the role of First Team Manager following their outstanding SWPL2 championship-winning campaign.

Kevin’s hard work and dedication has demonstrably progressed the women’s game at Hearts and ensures that he leaves behind a setup that’s the envy of other Scottish clubs.

Speaking to the Official Hearts Website, Kevin said: “I want to thank the club for all they have done for me. Hearts gave me the opportunity to return back to Scotland and help create the integration of the Girls and Women’s teams to the club.

“I have been supported in this by so many wonderful staff and cannot thank them all enough for their dedication and willingness to support the programme as much as they have.

“A special mention to Ann Budge and Roger Arnott who from day one have supported me in my quest and I leave the club with a tinge of regret that I cannot see the project out however I am happy in the fact to know that it’s in a great place and the clubs continued support will ensure it goes from strength to strength.

“Now as a supporter, a pledger and an ex employee, I will look on from afar and wish all areas of the club success in the coming years”

Academy Manager Roger Arnott now turns his attentions to finding Kevin’s successor, with the club committed to investing in women’s football for the overall ongoing development of Hearts as a whole.

He told the Official Hearts Website: “I would like to wholeheartedly thank Kevin for laying the foundations for what promises to be an exciting future for Women’s and Girls football at Hearts.  I am sure the whole football club will be sad to see Kevin go, but we wish him the very best in the future and look forward to welcoming him back to ORIAM next season.

“I have now began preparations for the recruitment of his successor, which is a fantastic opportunity for someone to further progress a newly established program both with the Women and in the Girls Academy in the years ahead.  I will look forward to appointing a replacement in the near future who can help the players and the staff in their season back in SWPL1.”