Derby County Ladies Football Club

Manager John Bennett to take Short Break

Derby County Ladies will be without their 1st Team Manager John Bennett for around 4-6 weeks, whilst he deal’s with a lingering health issue.

Assistant Manager Jenny Simpson (Bart) and Director of Football Sam Griffiths will take interim charge of the club, until Bennett is fit to return to his role.

The former Derby County goalkeeper took over as the Ewe Rams boss for his second spell in Summer 2016, but a serious illness threatened to curtail his return just weeks after rejoining the club.

Whilst on a short break with his family last summer, Bennett was rushed to hospital with suspected appendicitis but upon receiving treatment it was found that the Ewe Rams boss had a perforated bowel and was rushed into emergency life saving surgery.

Having received the emergency care that was needed at the time, Bennett will return for open stomach surgery, a reversal procedure for a diverticula perforation and is expected to miss around 4-6 weeks of the season to recover.

Bennett said “It was quite a scary time last summer and having just returned to manage the club, it came as a bitter blow and this new procedure is needed to ensure that I recover fully.

“I was very lucky and received outstanding care from our NHS, first at a hospital in Norwich before transferring back over to Derby and I appreciate everything that they did for me and I know that once again, I will be in safe hands.

“I also know that the club will be in safe hands and Bart and Sam will get the same commitment from the players that they give to me. We all work towards the same philosophy and the squad gave me the perfect present with the win at the weekend.”

Derby County Ladies Chief Executive Duncan Gibb expressed his best wishes on behalf of the whole club and is looking forward to the return of Bennett when fully recovered.

“It was a very worrying time last year for John and putting the club aside, we were all hoping for the best for our gaffer and his family and we’ll be doing exactly the same this time.

“This procedure will hopefully mean that John can recover fully and get back to doing what he does best. He is such a popular guy around the club, not only with the first team but our other senior teams and right down to our academy.

“We wish John all the best with his procedure and we can’t wait to see him back on the training ground and on the touchline at our games but his health is a priority and we have both Bart and Sam on hand to take interim charge and again we know that the club is in good hands until John returns.”