Mick Mulhern CU

Mulhern welcomes new additions

by Kate Smith

Sunderland WFC add to backroom staff.

Sunderland WFC manager Mick Mulhern has been quick to add to his backroom staff following the Lady Black Cats’ FA Women’s Premier League success.

Mulhern guided his side to their third consecutive league title last campaign and he’ll be calling on the experience of new assistant manager Melanie Reay, and strength and conditioning coach Julie Twaddle as the club step up their preparations for their first ever Women’s Super League (WSL) campaign.

And Mulhern is delighted to have the two former Sunderland ladies on board; citing their experience as the reasoning behind their additions.

“I have worked with Mel for the last year at the Centre of Excellence and we have worked very well together,” Mulhern explained.

“I initially brought her into the Centre several years ago and she has developed into an excellent coach, whilst her Gateshead College teams have had success after success.

“She will be a great help to me, and the players will enjoy working with her.

“Julie is one of the best strength and conditioning coaches around having worked with International and Olympic athletes including former Sunderland players Steph Houghton and Jill Scott.”

Mulhern, who will soon reach 14 years’ service to the club, was also keen to stress that this is just the beginning for his side who will look to strengthen as they move up to the WSL.

“I am delighted both Mel and Julie agreed to join the coaching staff; we have been hugely successful for several years now, but I don't believe in standing still,” he added.

“The aim is to push on as a club and continue to achieve and hopefully we can continue to compete for honours when we go into the WSL.

“I know Julie and Mel are hungry for success and will certainly be great additions to the club to assist in this quest.”

“Mel and I have targeted several players who we believe can strengthen our squad and we believe that we will help to improve the players we bring to the club.

“These are very exciting times for Sunderland and the next few months should be interesting to say the least.”