Andy Spence: Everton Ladies boss returns six months after departure

Andy Spence
Andy Spence guided Everton to the Women's FA Cup semi-finals before leaving the job last season

Andy Spence has been re-appointed as Everton Ladies manager just six months after leaving the job.

Spence left the Women's Super League Two side in June to work as technical director at the club's centre of excellence and moves back to take over from Nicola Anderson, who came in as his interim replacement.

He will leave the centre of excellence to begin his second spell on 1 January.

Everton finished third in WSL 2, one spot and 14 points adrift of promotion.

Under Anderson, Everton lost just one of the final nine WSL 2 games of the season.

Long-time servant Spence returns
Andy Spence spent three years in charge of Everton Ladies, having previously had an eight-year stint as assistant manager at the club.

Lindsay Johnson, who retired from playing at the end of the season, and Everton under-15s coach Martin Ho have been appointed to Spence's backroom staff.

Everton are preparing for their second season in England's second-tier competition, having been relegated in 2014 after 21 years as a top-flight club.

"These months away from first-team duties have given me a really big opportunity to reflect on what I've done previously and, most importantly, what I'd like to do going forward," Spence told the club website.external-link

"It's given me a real enthusiasm and hunger to come back in and do things slightly differently."