Shelley Kerr relishing new challenge with Stirling University
Last Updated: 26/08/14 6:24pm
Shelley Kerr believes her experience as Arsenal Ladies manager will help in her new role as boss of Stirling University.
Kerr - who left Arsenal at the end of last season - has become the first female manager in Scottish senior football after taking over at the Scottish Lowland League club where she will also study for a Masters in Sports Science.
“Dealing with some of the best players not just in Europe but in the world – whether or not they are male or female doesn’t matter,” Kerr told Sky Sports News HQ.
“I am very professional at what I do and hopefully I can develop the guys and the team further - they are very professional lads that I’m going to be working with and Sterling University is a forward thinking university establishment."
Kerr has also paid tribute to the Scottish FA and the role they have played in helping to develop her as a coach.
“I can only speak from my own experiences but the Scottish FA have been instrumental in my development as a coach," she said. "Hopefully that’s the same for other females.
“You have to be able and capable - and you have to have aspirations to want to work in the men’s game.”
Although Kerr refused to set herself any targets for the season she admits getting her new team back on track – they are currently without a point after three games – is a priority.
Dealing with some of the best players not just in Europe but in the world – whether or not they are male or female doesn’t matter.
“We have lost the first few games so we want to get them back on track. I’m not one for setting targets but we want to play an attractive style of football and get back to winning ways.”
And looking to the future, Kerr believes the women’s game is going from strength to strength.
“Especially in the FA WSL – I think the media profile has been fantastic. What we have at the moment is real competition and when you have got good competition it makes for great viewing.
“They’ve done a great job and hopefully other countries can do the same.”