Solihull Moors Ladies are pleased to officially announce Annie Zaidi B.E.M as the new first team Head Coach.
Honoured on the 2017 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list with a British Empire Medal for services to football coaching, Zaidi has previous coaching experience with Birmingham County FA, Leicester City and the FA.
She has been part of the Moors set-up since August 2017, taking on a number of Head Coach and Technical Coach roles in the Academy section of the Club. Zaidi is currently the Head Coach of the under-16 boys, Technical Coach at the under-13 boys and Head Coach of the under-9’s.
The former Helen Rollason Award for Inspiration winner will now head-up the Ladies first team who currently sit second bottom in the FA Women’s National League Division 1 Midlands, where she will be supported by Lucy Jelf and Dan Kembery in her coaching team.
Jelf is the Female Football Coordinator at Burton Albion Community Trust, while Kembery has previously coached within the Club and currently coaches at Birmingham City Women.
On her appointment, Zaidi said: “I’m quite overwhelmed and honoured to be approached and asked if I’d be able to step in.
“I had my first game on Sunday, which was great. It’s going to challenge me as a coach and also develop me.
“I’m quite honoured to be asked for such a significant, high profile role within the club.
“From what I’ve seen at training and from what I’ve seen from my first game, the table position doesn’t justify the talent that we’ve got in the team – we just had a bad run and all teams go through that.
“This is a challenge, but I already know the skills that the players have. I’m pretty confident that we’ll be ok for the season.
“I think it’s about the environment that I create. You have to be in the right environment giving players a platform where they can freely express themselves.
“We’re in it together as a team now, right until the end. There no ‘I’, it’s ‘us’ together.”
Sporting Director Mark Fogarty added: “We are delighted to announce Annie as our new Head Coach.
“Annie has been working and will continue to work with our under-16 elite boys team this season and is a very able and enthusiastic coach who inspires those around her.
“We had to act quickly when Ross (Thorpe) resigned and have been able to bring in a top-quality coach who wants to do the very best for the team.
“I now feel that the team have the best possible chance to climb away from the relegation places and develop a good future.”
Updated 16:48 - 13 Jan 2019 by Luke Turner