Derby County Ladies Football Club

Griffiths Keen to Build for the Future

Derby County Ladies Manager Sam Griffiths believes that the foundations are in place for the Ewe Rams to progress this off-season with the new Ewe Rams boss looking to strengthen her squad ahead of pre-season training at the end of June.

Having been forced to retire at the end of the 2016/17 season due to an ACL Knee injury, the former midfielder oversaw the clubs football operations as Director of Football, before taking her first dip into management following John Bennett’s departure at the end of the season, a job she is relishing having prepared since the end of her career.

Griffiths said “I’ve been involved in coaching since I was 16, coaching across both the male and female game, since completing my UEFA A license in 2016.

“I started to think where my football career was heading, with working full time for the FA, I get my football all day everyday but to manage the team that I have spent 9 seasons playing for is an honour and something I’m really excited about.

“It’s tough to stop playing the game you’ve enjoyed for over 20 years and there’s never a thrill like playing but management and coaching is the next best thing to it and I’m throwing myself in there and getting stuck in.

“It’s been a whirlwind few months as we prepared for our unsuccessful bid for a Tier 2 place and though we didn’t get it, there is little change to our plans and we are full steam ahead over the next month as we start to shape the team ahead of a challenge to go up via the promotion route next season.

“Over the last few seasons, there has been some fantastic stepping stones that we have achieved both on and off the field. Our board have set this club up to be successful in the future and we are everything that a Women’s Championship club should be apart from in name.

“JB did a great job of installing a strong work ethic in the squads and had it not been for some horrendous injuries, who knows where this club could have been and he still managed to get the clubs highest ever position so I’ve got some wonderful foundations to build on.”

Having seen clubs such as Blackburn Rovers, Middlesbrough and Leicester City enjoy two very good seasons, Griffiths is under no illusions as what it will take to get the club up via promotion this season and is keen to offer players the chance to push the Ewes to a promotion challenge.

“We’ve seen that clubs with a budget have consistently got the best players in and are challenging at the top of the division and we needed to evaluate where we wanted to be as a club and so with the help of the main club, we have set ourselves up to do that.

“We want to get the best possible players in that can get us our of this league and so for the first time in our clubs history, we have a budget and we are actively looking to get those players in that can give us an edge next season.

“Again we’ve got the nucleus of a good squad but we’ve finished mid-table the last few years and now we have the plans in place off the field, we can turn to the playing side and freshen up the squad with some new hungry faces to compliment what we have.

“I’m excited to get going and I’m having conversations with lots of players and I’m hoping we can craft a great squad that will see us challenging at the top of the table. There is some fantastic talent in both the North and South Tiers and we also want to look at players in the FA Championship too as ultimately that is our goal.”

All interested players that interested in joining the Ewe Rams next season are asked to send their Football CV via email to media@derbycountyladies.co.uk to be assessed by our management team ahead of pre-season training.