By Nick Teale

On Wednesday afternoon Arsenal Football Club announced that Laura Harvey would take over as manager of Arsenal Ladies, with Tony Gervaise stepping down after eight months in charge of the Gunners to continue his role at the Club as Academy Director.

The new manager spoke to and told the Club's Official website that she was delighted to take charge of the team.

This must be a very proud moment for you?
"It has come as a bit of a shock but it's a really proud moment. In women's football, especially domestically, it doesn't come any bigger than Arsenal."

Had you always had ambitions of being Arsenal manager?
"Without a doubt. When you set out to coach and you know this is your dream and your love, you want to make it the best it can possibly be and in my eyes, domestically especially, it doesn't get much bigger than this."

Are you looking forward to working with the team?
"I've done some work with the team last season when Vic Akers was in charge, so it's not like I don't know the players and they don't know me. It's going to be good and I'm looking forward to it and I'm also looking forward to the challenge of taking on the responsibility of the team."

What do you hope to be able to bring to the setup at Arsenal?
"I want to continue with what has been going on. Last year we won the treble, which was a massive achievement with the players we lost to the pro-league in the States. We had a great season last year. This season has been tough so far but the players have stepped up and got the results when needed. My job is to steady the ship and try and see the season out and hopefully gain some silverware along the way."

How will you manage the transition from your former job at Arsenal as Reserve team manager and assistant academy director?
"I think if I was a brand new person coming in I would find it hard but I am a familiar face and the players are faces to me. I know how the Club works and how things are done, so I think the transition will be quite smooth."

The team are still in contention for four trophies. Does the expectation of winning trophies add extra pressure to you coming into this job?
"There is always an expectation at Arsenal to win trophies. I think that is a nice pressure to have. This Club is about winning trophies and being successful and for me to say that isn't still the case would be a lie. We want to try and win as many games as we possibly can and try and pick up as much silverware as we can.

"We have a massive game this weekend in the FA Cup Quarter-Final where hopefully we can progress to the next round. I believe the players we have are good enough to win trophies, we are still massively in contention for the League. The League is a little bit tighter this season and we have big games coming up against the likes of Everton and Leeds and if we can be successful against those teams there is no reason why we can't win the League."

Are you looking forward to the FA Cup Quarter-Final on Sunday?
"It's my first game in charge and the Quarter-Final of the FA Cup, so it doesn't get any better. Doncaster bring a challenge, they always work hard and are a hard team to break down. We have to go out there and prove that the transition of the new manger coming in is smooth, which of course we all believe will be the case."

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11 Feb 2010