Tottenham Women are aiming high with the team developing at ‘100 miles per hour’


ottenham Women’s head coach Rehanne Skinner says “the sky is the limit” as she eyes gatecrashing the WSL’s big three this season.

Spurs only turned professional in 2019 but have made a flying start to the season, winning their first four matches, including a landmark result at Manchester City last month.

Skinner, who joined Spurs midway through last season, overhauled the squad in the summer and says she is working to improve the mentality and “culture” at Spurs. She says there is no reason they cannot be as big a club as Arsenal, Chelsea and City, who have largely dominated the WSL since its inception.

“Why not? For me, the sky is the limit,” Skinner told Standard Sport. “We want to get this team to the highest possible level. If we keep working and not settling, keep pushing our standards, we’re going to get to that point faster. Ultimately, that’s where we want to be — at the top end of the League, fighting for the Champions League [places].

“How long that takes, I don’t know. We want to keep driving forward.”

The women’s team have been training at Hotspur Way full-time since December and have use of a dedicated training pitch at the club’s state-of-the-art Enfield facility.

Head coach Rehanne Skinner with Rosella Ayane and Shelina Zadorsky after the 2-1 win over Manchester City

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Previously Phil Neville’s assistant with England, Skinner says Spurs are developing at “100 miles an hour” and believes the foundations are now in place for success on the pitch.

“It was really apparent that the club saw the women’s team as crucial to the growth of the whole club,” she said.

“The women’s team hasn’t been in place for as long as some other clubs but [Spurs chairman] Daniel [Levy] and the board are massively supportive of the team, which is evidence by games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and all the investment behind the scenes. There’s loads going on to ensure all our foundations are in place so we can focus on the football.

“I know other clubs have challenges [in terms of support] but Tottenham is not one of those clubs. Everything is being supported in the way it was outlined to me that it would be.”

Skinner, whose side visit Brighton on Sunday, believes the third Champions League place could be open this season. “Possibly, yeah, everybody’s upping their game,” she said. “Hopefully we can keep the results [going] and try to create an upset.”

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