Vic Akers has been given the new title of founder and honorary president of Arsenal Ladies, with former Arsenal Ladies player Clare Wheatley promoted into the role of general manager.

After 27 years’ service to Arsenal Ladies and women’s football as a whole, Akers’ new position will see him step away from the day-to-day running of the team.

Akers founded Arsenal Ladies in 1987, and led them to 32 trophies in his 22 years as manager, including a Uefa Women’s Cup in 2007. He was awarded an OBE for his services to the game in 2009.

[Vic Akers] led Arsenal Ladies to 32 trophies in his 22 years as manager

After stepping down as manager in 2009, Akers continued to contribute to the success of the team in the new position of general manager. He will remain a regular at Ladies games at Meadow Park, as well as continuing to provide advice and counsel to the Ladies coaching staff.

Clare Wheatley moves into the position of general manager, where she will oversee player transfers, contract renewals and aspects of the coaching set-up.

She will also play a key role in the recruitment of a new Arsenal Ladies manager to replace Shelley Kerr, who departed after the FA Women’s Cup victory over Everton in May.

Wheatley has been an indispensable part of Arsenal Ladies’ backroom staff for more than 10 years. In her previous role as development manager she was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of the Ladies’ academy, as well as supporting the first team on a wide range of logistical matters.

The club would like to thank Vic for all he has achieved with the Arsenal Ladies, and to wish Clare well in her new role.

Arsenal.com will announce the appointment of a new Arsenal Ladies manager in due course.

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