Former Southampton academy coach and Brighton & Hove Albion Women's boss named Worthing Women head coach

Worthing Women have confirmed their new management team for the 2021-22 campaign.

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 3:08 pm
New Worthing Women's head coach John Donoghue has previous managerial experience at Lewes Women and Brighton & Hove Albion Women. Picture by Derren Howard

John Donoghue, a UEFA ‘A’ License coach, will be taking the reins as manager of the Women’s side.

Donoghue has been the first team head coach for Brighton & Hove Albion Women, as well as manager and technical director at Lewes FC Women.

He has also worked extensively in youth football, first as a head coach in the Southampton academy which produced the likes of Luke Shaw and Gareth Bale, and then at the Centre of Excellence at Brighton.

Donoghue replaces Michelle Lawrence who left her role on Saturday, March 27.

Joining Donoghue as his assistant is Kelly Newton, the former captain of Lewes FC Women who played more than 350 games for the club.

Newton played under Donoghue for a time at Lewes, before moving on to manage the Foundation Squad at the club.

Continuing his role as goalkeeping coach is Radd Reynolds, an FAW ‘B’ License goalkeeper coach with more than seven years of experience in the women’s game.

Reynolds has been at the club since 2019, and previously worked at both Lewes Women and Brighton & Hove Albion Women.