• SFA end long search for Shelley Kerr’s successor by appointing highly-respected 45-year-old Spaniard
  • Stellar career to date building his reputation in Spain, England, the USA and France
  • Now aims to hit the ground running in a bid to take Scots to the 2023 World Cup Finals

NO SPAIN, NO GAIN...SFA have adopted for a hugely experienced European coach in Pedro to lead the women's national team

PEDRO MARTINEZ LOSA is the new Head Coach of the Scottish Women's National Team - bringing with him a CV that shows he is MEANT for the job.

Sport Careers Agency client Pedro yesterday signed a three-year contract with the Scottish FA ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifying campaign.

The 45-year-old Spaniard, a UEFA Pro Licence coach, led FC Girondins de Bordeaux Women to third in D1 Féminine, securing Champions League qualification for the first time in the club's history.

Now he takes over after the excellent Shelley Kerr regime to take the next steps forward with the Scottish Women's National Team.

Pedro said: "It has been a long-held ambition of mine to coach a women's national team so today represents a tremendous honour for me as I take charge of Scotland.

"I have admired from afar in recent years, watching a talented group of players take their nation to two back-to-back major championships and it's now my job to ensure the team return to that stage.

"Scotland have an abundance of international talent alongside a well balanced mix of youth and experience throughout the squad, which was one of the main aspects which attracted me to the job.

"I want to achieve success on the pitch to inspire the next generation of female players in this country. I understand women's football is growing rapidly in Scotland and I want to spearhead that with victories on the pitch.

"There is a promising journey ahead for the team and I can't wait to get started ahead of the matches against Hungary and Faroe Islands."

Pedro has a superb pedigree for such a coveted post having been Director of Football and General Manager of London City Lionesses after a three-year period as Head Coach of Arsenal Women.

Scotland stars Caroline Weir, Christie Murray, Kim Little, Lisa Evans and Emma Mitchell all worked with Martinez Losa in that time and SFA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell believes a prolonged search for Kerr's successor has produced the right coach for the job.

Maxwell insisted: "Pedro's CV is extremely impressive and following an extensive recruitment process, his experience of women's football across the globe set him apart from the field.

"In a coaching career spanning more than 20 years, Pedro has succeeded in Spain, the United States, England and France and joins the Scottish FA with a set of attributes which will allow Scotland to fulfil their enormous potential.

"With the new women's and girls' strategy set to be released later this week, Pedro's appointment will re-energise the game in Scotland and ensure it returns to the forefront of people's minds ahead of an exciting qualification campaign where we aim to again grace the biggest stage in women's football at the FIFA World Cup."

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