Gemma Grainger has signed a contract extension until 2027 with the Wales Women’s national team, extending her tenure at the helm of the team for another four years. The 28-year-old has been at the helm of the national women’s team since 2012, guiding them to back-to-back Nations Cup wins and a third-place finish in the Women’s Rugby World Cup last season.
In the first of Wales’ four qualifying matches for the Women’s World Cup, they put on a display worthy of a team with an Olympic tag. It was an impressive 90 minutes against Kazakhstan in front of a record crowd of 1,700.
The game was a real contender for the best match of the day and the best game of the year. Jess Fishlock nailed the winning goal from a free-kick in the far top corner.
The game was the result of an effort by Welsh coach Gemma Grainger to include as many players from Wales as possible in a squad for the qualifiers. A majority of the team was sourced from English clubs.
This was the most watched match in the nation’s history. The Welsh fans were so enamoured with the game that they flocked to the venue in numbers not usually seen at a match for a women’s team.
Niamh Fahey is a Liverpool fan, and has been since she joined the club four years ago. She has been an integral part of the women’s team over the last few years, and will lead them into the Barclays Women’s Super League in September.
The team has a solid pool of players from both Scotland and England, and Niamh Fahey will add experience and depth to the squad. Several of her teammates are from Scottish clubs, including former Rangers midfielder Ciara Grant. There are some Irish diaspora residents in Glasgow, and the city has dealt with sectarian conflict.
The team is currently tied for second place in the Women’s Premier League, but Niamh Fahey is not happy about it. She has a long and distinguished career in the game, and her knowledge and experience will be an asset to the team.
Gemma Grainger’s goals and plans
Gemma Grainger was recently appointed Wales Women manager. The Football Association of Wales has confirmed that she will lead the Cymru side until 2027.
Grainger has been given the freedom to overhaul the women’s game in Wales. She is expected to use her knowledge of the game to develop players in the youth ranks and help Wales make its mark on the global stage. Grainger, who has a UEFA Pro Licence, was previously the head coach of the age-grade girls’ team for the English FA.
Grainger is now a senior women’s coach with the Welsh national team and has been charged with establishing a new style for the country. She is also responsible for preparing the side for the Euro 2025 qualifying campaign.
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Wales women’s team manager Gemma Grainger has signed a two-year contract extension until 2027. She had previously managed the Welsh under-18s, and her previous experience includes coaching England women’s development teams. In recent years, Grainger has played an important role in the senior set-up.
Following the exit of Jayne Ludlow in January, Grainger has been named as Wales women’s national team manager. The 26-player squad has been selected for the February training camp at the Vale Resort.
As the team prepares for the next World Cup qualifier in Kazakhstan, the squad has almost a full-strength roster available. After a strong start to the campaign, Wales fell short of qualifying for a major tournament. However, Grainger insists that they took a positive step in their quest for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
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