Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed that Xisco Munoz will replace Darren Moore as their new manager. The 42-year-old Spaniard takes Darren Moore’s place, who unexpectedly left the Owls after leading the team to League One play-off promotion to the Championship. After taking over midway through the 2020–21 season, Munoz led Watford back into the Premier League. However, he was fired in November 2021 after just 36 games in charge. Before transitioning into coaching with Georgian club Dinamo Tbilisi and going to Watford in December 2020, former winger Munoz won both the La Liga championship and the UEFA Cup while playing for Valencia.
“Sheffield Wednesday is happy to announce that Xisco Munoz has been named as our first-team manager,” the club said in a statement. “The Spaniard, who led Watford to Premier League promotion in 2020–21, takes over as manager of the Owls immediately.”
On Wednesday afternoon at Hillsborough, Munoz will hold his first news conference in his new role as the club’s manager. Friday’s Championship season opener against Southampton will be his first game in charge.
Hannah Dingley, meanwhile, is now the first female manager of an English League team. Dingley was hired by the Gloucestershire club when Duncan Ferguson left. The 51-year-old Scot was hired in January, but with Rovers winning just six of their 46 games, he was unable to maintain them in League One. Dingley is currently the first woman to serve as the temporary manager of an English men’s senior professional side thanks to a decision made by Rovers.
“Hannah was an obvious option for us to serve as temporary head coach for the first team,” Forest Green chairman Dale Vince said. “She has led our academy well and is in line with the club’s core principles. As the first female head coach in English (men’s) football, Hannah’s selection on the basis of merit will likely be significant for the men’s game.”
“I’m quite enthusiastic about the next phase of my profession,” Dingley said. “The complete season will shortly begin when the current preseason concludes. Football is in a thrilling period right now. I am appreciative of the chance to take the helm of such a dynamic and forward-thinking club.”
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