Brighton Women appoint Phillips as head coach

Brighton Women have appointed Melissa Phillips as their new head coach.

The 35-year-old American has signed a deal that will keep her at the Women's Super League club until June 2025.

She takes over from interim coach Amy Merricks, who was in charge following the departure of former England Women manager Hope Powell.

Brighton are bottom of the WSL but have two games in hand on the three teams above them, with just three points separating the four sides.

Phillips, who took London City Lionesses to the top of the Women's Championship in January before leaving for Angel City, also faces the prospect of Brighton's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United on April 15.

"I'm excited to be here and eager to get started," said Phillips. "It's an amazing feeling to join this club and I'm looking forward to working with the team.

"I had positive talks with the club, and I knew it was the right decision to return to England. I am fully aware of our position, but confident we can grow and move up the table."