Harnwell heads to Lady Reds

Jamie Harnwell appointed head coach of Lady Reds. Getty Images

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Football West chairman Liam Twigger has thanked Jamie Harnwell for his contribution to the Perth Glory Women Westfield W-League team over the past four years.

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Adelaide United today announced Harnwell as the new coach of the Lady Reds for the 2015-16 Westfield W-League season.

Harnwell, who will coach PS4 NPLWA side Sorrento against Sydney FC in a high-profile Westfield FFA Cup clash at nib Stadium on Wednesday, led Glory Women to Premier’s Plate success and their first Grand Final appearance last season.

Twigger thanked Harnwell for his dedication to WA women’s football.

“Jamie has proved himself on the national stage after building a team that became one of the very best in the country,” Twigger said.

“He has established an outstanding reputation in the women’s game with an appreciation of its specific challenges and by establishing a great rapport with the players under his guidance.

“It’s great to see that Adelaide United have recognised Jamie’s exceptional ability in this area and we wish him well this coming season.”

Following a transfer of management of the WA W-League team from Football West to the Perth Glory Hyundai A-League club, Glory legend Bobby Despotovski was appointed head coach of Glory Women.

He will be assisted by former Glory and Westfield Matildas midfielder Collette McCallum.

Harnwell, who is also Football West General Manager of Community Football and Game Development, was delighted to take up the challenge with the Lady Reds following the departure to Brisbane Roar of previous coach Ross Aloisi.

“It’s going to be a challenge because Ross has done a great job in getting the group to be competitive over the past couple of seasons,” Harnwell said.

“It’s about trying to build on that with the young South Australian talent they’ve got.”

Adelaide finished seventh in the eight-team competition last season.

“There are certain similarities with my first season at Glory when we relied mainly on local players and our recruitment,” Harnwell said.

“Adelaide have got some good young players coming through who want to establish themselves and we want to be competitive and finish as high in the table as we can.”

Last season, Glory made a record winning start to a W-League season with six successive victories. They completed the league campaign with a record number of points and the most goals scored in winning the Premier’s Plate.

Canberra United edged out Glory, 3-1, in the Grand Final.

Harnwell was looking forward to continuing his coaching career in Adelaide.

“It’s going to be a refreshing change for me and it’s exciting to be starting another chapter of my coaching career,” said Harnwell, who will take a leave of absence from Football West duties during the W-League season.

Football West also extends best wishes to Despotovski and McCallum as they embark on their first season in charge of Glory Women.