Green loses Bristol Academy job amid funding worries
Gary Green has lost his job as the boss of Bristol Academy's women's football side.
Green, who has been involved with the club for the last nine years, says he has been made redundant from his role at Filton College but is unable to comment publicly.
It is understood the college were looking to reduce his role from full-time to part-time.
Simon Panes, director of sports academies at Filton College, said the situation had arisen because of funding problems affecting the senior level of the women's game.
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"We had to take a look at the situation regarding Gary's position with the senior team," he said.
"We get funding from the FA for the Centre of Excellence and from the Skills Council for the 16-19s, but no funding for the senior side. The college was funding Gary's position, and the senior side was taking up more and more of his time."
Green had been in charge of the side, who play in the National Division of the Premier League, for the last five seasons. He spent four years as assistant to previous boss Tony Ricketts.
Green's role will be taken over on a temporary basis by Centre of Excellence director Mark Sampson. "We will see how things go for the next few weeks," said Panes, who met with members of the playing squad last night. "But I would like to squash rumours that our senior team is going to fold.
"The problem remains one of funding and the FA have to do something about the senior level of the women's game."
The FA announced in April that they were abandoning plans to launch a summer Super League of eight top clubs because of financial problems.
"The Super League would have been a godsend for us," said Panes. "I had a sponsor lined up who was prepared to back us for the next three years, but they pulled out when the idea was dropped.
"Women's football is still the fastest growing sport in the country and we have girls queueing up to join our Centre of Excellence. But we have to face facts and despite what the FA say about supporting the senior women's game, there is a real lack of funding for it."
Green's departure comes amid fears they are about to lose several players. England star Corinne Yorston is set to join Arsenal, Wales' Gwen Harries is linked with Everton and Chelsea are rumoured to be interested in Stef Curtis.