Lincoln United manager Chris Funnell and assistant Matt Evans

Lincoln United Women have today confirmed Chris Funnell will step down from his role as manager with immediate effect.

Funnell leaves following a hugely successful campaign, which saw the Whites’ go unbeaten on their way to being crowned champions of the East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League and achieve promotion to the FA Women’s National League for next season.

It comes three weeks after it was announced that he would departure as men’s manager, following a second placed finish which culminated in a loss in the play offs to Skegness Town.

In a statement on the club website, Lincoln United FC said: “Chris Funnell has confirmed that he will be stepping down as Women’s First Team Manager with immediate effect. Chris is leaving the Women’s team after what has arguably been one of its most successful seasons. Whites fans will know that Chris also stepped away from the Men’s First Team three weeks ago, having finished second in the United Counties League Premier Division North but having lost out in the playoff finals.”

Lincoln United will face Basford United Ladies in the county cup final in just nine days’ time on Sunday, May 26. It has been confirmed to The Linc that current assistant manager Katie Davison will take charge of the match as The Whites look to complete a historic treble.

Lincoln United Women's Katie Davison
Assistant boss Katie Davison will take charge of the league cup final. Credit: Ed Mayes Photography

Now former Lincoln United chairman Allen Crombie added: “I would like to thank Chris for everything he has done for the Club and for his exploits with both the Women’s and Men’s First Teams and we all wish him well for the future. The Women’s First Team have had such a fantastic season, finishing as League Champions, winning every match and scoring many goals. They also finished as Lincolnshire County Cup champions and have a League Cup Final to look forward to in a week’s time to potentially claim the treble.”

On recruiting a replacement boss in the coming weeks club vice-chairman Sam Wilkinson said: “Our swift focus now, however, is on to the League Cup Final and to find his replacement in order to get ready for the new season at a higher level. There’s a lot to be excited about at Lincoln United and we can’t wait to start on the next chapter.”

Feature Image Credit: Ed Mayes Photography

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