Raynbird: Blues deserve to get a win

Charley Wilson in action against Leeds. Picture: Mick Young
Charley Wilson in action against Leeds. Picture: Mick Young
New Pompey keeper Luke McGee Picture: Joe Pepler

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Vanessa Raynbird bows out as manager of Pompey Ladies with a trip to Coventry on Sunday.

The Blues boss is stepping down after 11 seasons in charge to take a new role as business manager with the club.

But when she walks out with the team at Coventry, the desire for victory will burn as brightly as ever.

Raynbird is desperate to secure the points – but not for league position and not to go out on a high herself.

She wants the win to reward her team for the effort and hard work they have put in throughout a tough season at Premier League national level.

They have long been condemned to a bottom-two finish but their heads have never dropped.

‘The girls have played so well in the past few weeks and had a lot of narrow defeats,’ said the Pompey manager.

‘They really deserve to get a win.’

The Blues boss won’t have much time for reflection as she goes about her preparations ahead of the final game of the season.

But when the referee blows the whistle at the end of the game there could be a few tears.

That may depend on the outcome of the game, though.

Raynbird said: ‘It might be a bit emotional.

‘If we score a last-minute winner there might be a tear.

‘But that would probably have been the case in any game if we scored a last-minute a winner.

‘I doubt I will cry, though. It would be different if I was going somewhere else but I am still going to be doing work for the club.’

Pompey are without defender Lauren Murphy but Kaylee Schumann-Edwards is available to play.

Striker Charley Wilson is pushing for a recall to the starting XI after she came on as a second-half substitute against Leeds last weekend.