Derby County Football Club Women

Griffiths Praise for Departing 1st Team Coach

Derby County Football Club Women Boss Sam Griffiths has praised outgoing 1st Team Coach Sarah Green who has departed the club ahead of the 2020/21 FA National Leaguer Northern Division season.

Green has stepped back from her role at the club to focus on her Coach Development job with England Netball and for the Ewe Rams Boss, whilst respecting the decision, admits she’ll miss the former Radcliffe Olympic Boss and her impact on the squad.

Griffiths said “I’m gutted to be losing Sarah from our coaching team, she has played a massive role since I’ve been in the job and we all worked really well together and I know the squad will also miss her input, though we fully respect the decision she has made.

“The current crisis has made everyone evaluate where they are within their lives both professionally and personally and I know that since starting with England Netball, she has wanted to fully put her efforts into that role and take ownership of her own development.

“We’ve had some great moments and I know that she is proud of what we have achieved at the club and I know we will be seeing her support the side from behind the fence and I always know I can pick up the phone and sound off for any advice with her and I personally just want to thank her for everything she has done for the club.”

Having joined the Ewe Rams midway through the 2017/18 season initially under then Manager John Bennett, Sarah retained her place in the Coaching Team when Griffith took over the hot-seat and Green believes the time is right to depart the club.

Green said “It was a really difficult decision but something I had been thinking about for a while. Since starting my new job last summer I’ve found my time has been stretched so much and I just really hadn’t felt I was operating at my best. 

“During this lockdown period I’ve had a lot of time to think about my plans over the next 6 months/Year and I wanted to make sure that I was taking care of myself properly and fully investing in my work. Unfortunately that meant something had to give. 

“Whilst I knew the conversation with Sam would be fine it was still a really difficult one because it’s sad to walk away from something that you’ve invested so much time in and people that you care about.”

Reflecting on her time at the club, Sarah has a number of different moments that she looks back fondly on, both on the pitch and on the training ground. “I’ll really miss the players. As much as they would love to annoy me at times they have been one of the best groups of players I have worked with. Hardworking, fun and committed to representing the club in the right way. I will miss being part of the staff group too.

“My best moments will be the games we played at Pride Park, in particular the first one! I was just so proud to be a part of that team and the occasion for not only the team, the club but also how we showcase women’s football on that day with a record attendance.

“I was also really lucky to represent the women’s team on the DCCTs trip to Kenya last June, It was an amazing trip and I’ll be forever grateful for the support the club showed me in fundraising for that event.

“I will definitely keep in touch with everyone. Like I mentioned previously this wasn’t an easy decision for me to make but one I had to make for myself at this time. I will continue to be a supporter of the team and I’m sure I’ll still have the odd football chat with Sam and Bart.

“For now I am just going to take some time to focus on my day job at England Netball which I am really enjoying. I am also still tutoring FA courses so I will still be around football and intend on being a DCFCW’s fan when the new season starts.”

Everyone at Derby County FC Women would like to Thank Sarah for her hard work and commitment and wish her the very best moving forward.