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28 April 2021

Kelly Smith believes former boss Laura Harvey could be perfect fit for Arsenal

28 April 2021

Former Arsenal striker Kelly Smith believes Laura Harvey could be the perfect fit to return to the Gunners.

Current United States Under-20s coach Harvey won three titles, two Continental Cups and the FA Women’s Cup at the Gunners before leaving in 2012.

Harvey quit to join Seattle Reign, where she won two NWSL Shield titles and was twice awarded the NWSL Coach of the Year.

Kelly Smith, pictured, believes former Arsenal boss Laura Harvey should replace Joe Montemurro (PA Archive)

The Gunners are looking for a replacement for Joe Montemurro, who will leave at the end of the season, and Smith feels Harvey should be a candidate.

“One I’ve been thinking of is Laura Harvey, who has a vast amount of knowledge in the league, she was at Birmingham and coached at Arsenal before,” said the former Gunners and England star.

“She’s got a load of experience coaching in the USA at Seattle and is the current Under-20s USA coach and she’s very well respected in the women’s game here and there.

“It’s whether Arsenal could tempt her back and if she wants to come back to England.”

Montemurro announced he was leaving the club after four years having led the club to their first WSL title in seven years in 2019.

Former US World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis and ex-Wales manager Jayne Ludlow have been linked to the job and Smith believes the new TV deal worth between £7million and £8million could tempt the top coaches.

She said: “Jill Ellis is one of the best coaches in the world, who is probably available right now, its just whether she is interested and wants to come to England.

“The package has got to be right for her, I don’t know if she’s interested but the league is now going to draw world-class coaches because of the professionalism and the TV deal and the competitiveness.

Former USA World Cup-winning manager Jill Ellis has been linked with the role (PA Archive)

“It could be in the pipeline for her.”

Smith was speaking as Smart Energy GB launched the ‘Energy Fit for the Future’ campaign to encourage people to install a smart meter in their homes.

“You need to roll with the times and you can’t perform to your best with outdated technology,” she added.

Kelly Smith is part of the Get Britain Energy Fit For The Future campaign, encouraging everyone to do their bit to help modernise our outdated energy system by getting a smart meter.

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