Scottish womens' coach resigns

Scotland women's team coach Vera Pauw, who took the national team into the elite of European women's football, has resigned from her post.

Scotland women's team coach Vera Pauw, who took the national team into the elite of European women's football, has resigned from her post.

The Dutch coach was appointed four years ago to raise the standards of the national team.

Top place in the UEFA qualifying group has achieved promotion for Scotland to the top category of women's football for the first time, and the team's aim now is to qualify for the Championship Finals in 2005.

Scottish women's football has achieved respect, to the extent that top players such as Julie Fleeting

have been able to make their mark on the professional game abroad.

Pauw's resignation was not unexpected, as her husband Bert van Lingen has taken up a coaching post with the Dutch FA after his time at Rangers.

She finishes at the SFA at the end of August.

Meanwhile, the team is to play the world champions, USA, on September 8.

Whilst it is the beginning of the Scottish season it is the end of the US season, and the Scots are well up for the challenge.

Coach Pauw said: "It is a great opportunity for Scotland to see the type of quality they will now face in the first strength category and they can only learn from this experience.

"The team know all about the US players and will relish the challenge of playing them."

The US team will comprise a world famous line-up, but Scotland captain Julie Fleeting in particular knows the US midfield very well as they are her new team-mates at San Diego Spirit, so she will have an invaluable insight into the American set-up.

In Pauw's absence, and for the first time, Tony Gervaise will be in charge of the team, assisted by Sheila Begbie.

The match will be shown live on ESPN.

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