Ladies Coaching Staff

Willie Kirk

Everton appointed Willie Kirk as manager in December 2018.

The Scot had been serving as Casey Stoney’s assistant at Championship club Manchester United.

No stranger to the WSL, Kirk had previously led Bristol City to the top flight from WSL 2 in 2016, establishing them with two eighth place finishes. 

Kirk began his coaching career within men’s football in his native Scotland, starting out at Livingston where he worked with the club’s youth sides. In 2009 he moved to Hibernian in a similar capacity within their academy and was soon appointed head coach of Hibs’ ladies team.
Under his guidance, Hibs lifted the Scottish Cup in 2010 and the League Cup in 2011. In 2013 he guided them to a second-place finish in the Women’s Premier League, earning the Scottish Women’s Football Manager of the Year award.
In 2014, Kirk was named High Performance Football Manager within the Scottish FA but returned to club football the following year, as he moved to then second division side Bristol.

Kirk began his Everton tenure in fine style, overseeing a 2-1 victory over rivals Liverpool in his first match in charge thanks to stunning goals from Inessa Kaagman and Simone Magill. He repeated the feat two weeks later with 3-1 success over the Toffees’ city neighbours at Prenton Park.

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Chris Roberts

Roberts joined Everton as first team coach in December 2018, reuniting with Willie Kirk.

The pair had worked together previously at Scottish club Hibernian and fellow WSL side Bristol City.

Roberts spent 11 years working in various roles within the Scottish Football Association, including Under-14s Regional Development Coach and Football Development Officer, before stepping up to become assistant with Scotland’s Under-19s.

In 2011, he left to become first team coach at Hibs under Kirk, spending three years there before stepping up to Head Coach in July 2014 after his countryman moved on to take on a role with the Scottish FA.

In October 2017, Roberts was on the move again, linking up with Kirk once again south of the border at Bristol City. The pair guided the Vixens to promotion from WSL 2 and cemented their place in the top flight with consecutive eighth place finishes.

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Jen Herst

Jen Herst was brought in as first team goalkeeping coach in 2018, arriving from fellow WSL side Manchester City.

She had served as the Citizens’ Development Squad goalkeeping coach for two years, alongside a similar role with City’s Regional Talent Centre.

Prior to that, she had spent eight years at Liverpool, working with their goalkeepers within the Centre of Excellence.

Herst has also spent the last three years working with England’s youth sides as part of her role with the National Performance Camps, having previously worked with the Lionesses’ Under-15s.

After the departure of Andy Spence, Herst was appointed interim Head Coach of Everton Ladies in November 2018.

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