Leicester legend Emile Heskey makes his first foray into management as he steps up from development role to take charge of Foxes’ women’s team on a temporary basis following Jonathan Morgan’s sacking
- Ex-England star Emile Heskey has taken temporary charge of Leicester Women
- The Foxes have parted ways with Jonathan Morgan after a bad start this season
- Heskey is a legend at Leicester after coming through the ranks as a youngster
- Leicester are bottom of the Women’s Super League and have lost every game
- Heskey steps in for his first dig at management while they seek a replacement
Leicester hero Emile Heskey has taken temporary charge of the club’s women’s team following the departure of Jonathan Morgan.
Leicester sit bottom of the Women’s Super League table having lost all eight of their matches so far this season.
Morgan, who led the Foxes to promotion from the Championship in April, assistant manager Michael Makoni and first team coach Holly Morgan have all left the club.
Emile Heskey has taken temporary charge of Leicester Women after Jonathan Morgan’s exit
A statement from Leicester read: ‘Retention of its FA Women’s Super League status is central to the club’s vision for the long-term development of women’s football in the city.
‘The club feels a change in leadership is now necessary to give the team the best possible chance of achieving this in the remaining months of the season.’
Former Leicester striker Heskey is the club’s head of women’s football development and he will oversee preparations for the Continental Cup clash against Manchester United on December 5 while the search for a new manager begins.
Heskey is a legend at Leicester after coming through the club’s academy and spending six years as a first team player before leaving for Liverpool in 2000.
He scored 46 goals in 197 games for the Foxes and helped the club lift the League Cup in both 1997 and 2000.
The Foxes are rooted to the bottom of the Women’s Super League with no points in eight ties
This is Heskey’s first foray into management but it will only be temporary as they search a replacement. The ex-Leicester star is the club’s head of women’s football development
Jonathan Morgan said: ‘This club has been part of mine and my family’s life for 12 years from when my sister Holly Morgan joined as a young player.
‘To have taken Leicester from the Midlands Division 1 to an FAWSL club gives me nothing but pride. Earning promotion last season in the manner we did will always be a memory I can share with the fans and the city.
‘This season has been disappointing, with injuries contributing to a difficult start, but we haven’t achieved the results we had hoped for. I wish the club, the staff and the players my very best.’
Heskey (right) won 62 caps for England and hit seven goals for his country during his career
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