Fallon steps down as Lionesses Head Coach
By Stephen Leonard
LISA Fallon has stepped away from her post as head coach of Women’s Championship side London City Lionesses, citing family reasons for her decision.
The Clondalkin woman took over the squad back in May after a spell as Game Analyst & Strategy Coach with the Chelsea women's team's technical coaching staff.
Lisa Fallon has parted company with London City Lionesses
In a statement about her decision to step down, Fallon said “It is with a very heavy heart that today, I step away from my role as Head Coach of the London City Lionesses due to family reasons.
“Being appointed as Head Coach at this club was both an honour and a privilege and was a very proud day for my family.
“I thank everyone at the club sincerely for their understanding in me prioritising my family’s needs at this time.
“With my family based in Dublin, and the team based in London, the logistics of travelling to meet the needs of both, whilst in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, are no longer viable.
“I am extremely grateful to our Chairwoman, Diane Culligan, and the Board, for their compassion over the past few weeks.
“I also want to thank all of the players, staff and their families for their incredible work, commitment and application since I commenced the role.
“It has been a genuine privilege to work with you and I continue to believe in the potential and ambitions of you all – both as individuals, a team and a club” she said.
Current Assistant Coach, Melissa Phillips, will take charge of the Lionesses on a caretaker basis.
“Having worked closely with Melissa Phillips over the past few months, I know she is a talented coach and brings great experience to the club” said Fallon.
“With all the expertise and dedication of the backroom staff, she will continue to develop this team in a very positive way and I’m excited to see the progressions” she added.
Diane Culligan, Lionesses Chairwoman, said: “Lisa Fallon is an outstanding football coach.
“Despite being with the club for only a few months, the positive impact she has had on and off the pitch is immeasurable.
“Although we wanted Lisa to continue as our Head Coach, I accept that is simply not possible for her in the current circumstances.”