Departing Everton Ladies manager Mo Marley says something had to give as she balanced coaching the Blues and England’s Under-19s.
Marley resigned on Saturday after 10 years at the helm to concentrate on developing the nation’s finest young players.
But she insists that the Everton Ladies set-up is in excellent shape as one of the finest female clubs in the land.
Marley told evertonfc.com: "As the game has progressed, both internationally and from an Everton perspective, you have to be more innovative and you have to keep looking for new challenges. With that comes extra demands.
"It is clear in my mind, you can only do one or the other and now is the right time. It's a good time for Everton for a change, good for new ideas and a fresh stimulus.
"I can now challenge myself on a world stage."
Under Marley, Everton have emerged at the forefront of women's football, regularly battling with Arsenal for the country's top accolades.
Marley explained: "I would like to think people will recognise Everton - from the centre of excellence, the reserves, through to the first team - as a role model club.
"We have had a bit more pulling power over the last couple of years from the success of the team."
Everton Ladies are now searching for a new manager and Marley insists there should be no pre-conceptions about the type of coach required.
"For me, I have always had the belief that you go for the best coach," she declared. "If they are female, or male, so be it. Ultimately you have got to have the best coach. We are developing women coaches, I am a product of that, but we have a healthy balance through the Club.
"Experience will be a key factor, but it's not the be all and end all. You can have experience but not the qualifications and the innovation to bring the team forward."