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    01 June 2023

    Brentford hires ex-Leicester women’s manager Lydia Bedford as coach for U-18 team

    Breaking News: Brentford Appoint Lydia Bedford as Under-18s Head Coach

    Brentford FC has made history by appointing former Leicester City women’s manager, Lydia Bedford, as the new head coach of their under-18s side. With this move, Bedford will become the first woman to hold a coaching position in a Premier League club.

    The appointment was made official after an extensive recruitment process that saw her emerge as one of two best candidates for the job alongside Jon-Paul Pittman who will serve as assistant coach at Brentford. They both are set to lead the team through pre-season and beyond.

    This is not the first time Bedford is making waves with her managerial prowess. In fact, she led Leicester City women’s team to safety in 2021/22 season despite joining them when they were bottom of Women’s Super League table. She also recently worked with Arsenal WSL side in a capacity of an assistant coach.

    Lydia Bedford – A Coaching Icon

    Aged just thirty-five years old, Lydia has over ten years’ experience managing football teams. She earned UEFA Pro Licence certification in2019 and managed England Women sides at under-15,U16 andU17 levels.. Her appointment marks another milestone for female coaches striving for recognition within male-dominated football circles worldwide.

    Brentford FC is delighted to have secured such talented coaches like Lydia and Jon-Paul Pittman on board; we believe they would excel with our young players,” said Club spokesperson.

    About Brentford U18 Team & Senior Team Performance

    The Brentford U18 team has always been a breeding ground for upcoming talent, with many of its players going on to feature in the senior team. The club finished ninth in the Premier League this season under Thomas Frank’s leadership marking their second top-flight campaign since earning promotion from Championship.


    This appointment of Lydia Bedford at Brentford is an enormous step forward for women’s coaching, and female football fans all around the world are applauding this historic achievement. We wish her and Jon-Paul Pittman all the best as they take charge of Brentford FC’s future stars.

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