YEOVIL Town Ladies have appointed a new first team coach, following on from the club's takeover earlier this week.

Jamie Phillip joined the club in January, to take on the role of head coach of the 'Dual Career Academy' for 16 to 21-year-olds, run in partnership with Bridgwater & Taunton College.

Phillip, formerly of Birmingham City and Swansea City, has now been promoted to oversee the club's development pathway and the first team, in what is a full-time role.

He takes over from Lee Burch, last season's manager, who has moved to take over at London Bees.

Phillip said: "I can't wait to get started; I'm determined to drive the club forward in the right direction."

This follows on from the news that the club is under new ownership, headed up by Adam Murry.

Murry heads up a football academy in Florida, the USA, and in 2008 he headed up the salvation of AFC Bournemouth after it was placed in administration.

He appointed Eddie Howe as manager, with Howe going on to lead Bournemouth into the Premier League.

Yeovil Ladies have dropped into the third tier of English women's football for the forthcoming season – following relegation from the Women's Super League and the failure to earn a Championship licence – but Murry clearly has big plans for them.

In a club statement he said: "This is a hugely exciting time for women's football.

"There has never been as much interest in the women's game and I am delighted to have been able to support the takeover.

"This great club has absolutely enormous potential.

"We want to create a solid investment in the club's structure, from the first team right through to the academies, with plans to take the club back into the higher leagues.

"We have selected a management team going forward, to create a solid platform and structure to build and develop on all at a higher level."