England women’s coach Mark Sampson has been rewarded for the Lionesses’ impressive showing at last summer’s World Cup with a new two year contact.
The 33-year-old took over as England manager in 2013 after spending four years in charge of Bristol Academy. As Bristol manager Sampson led the side to two FA Cup finals as well as a second place finish in the 2013 Women’s Super League.
Before becoming involved in management Sampson was head of Swansea City’s center of excellence when Roberto Martinez was in charge of the Welsh club in 2007.
Sampson told the FA.com, “I am delighted to have agreed to continue working with the Lionesses through to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“It is an honour and a privilege to manage such a fantastic group of people who represent their country with incredible pride and passion. We have all worked very hard over the last two years to improve both individually and collectively and our World Cup bronze medal highlights the progress this team has made.
“It was crucial post the World Cup we worked hard to continue to grow the game and I am pleased with the steps we have taken we are ready to do just that.
Today could get even better for Sampson who has been nominated for FIFA’s women’s football world coach of the year award, with the winner being announced tonight.
Goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall has also agreed a two-year extension.