Kirk Hoping To Strengthen Ladies Squad

Willie Kirk praised Everton Ladies' “big character” and “huge togetherness” as the Toffees boss admits they’re better than he thought.

Kirk has overseen two victories over Liverpool in his five games in charge to date and despite losing away at Chelsea last time out, he has been impressed with the quality he has inherited.

Indeed, he was pleasantly surprised when he began working with the squad in his first week at the helm.

"They’re even better than I thought," he said. "They’ve got bigger characters than I thought, they’ve got a huge togetherness that I don’t think is evident to the outside world.

“They’ve accepted every challenge and challenged back in a real positive way as well, so I know a lot more about them than I did [when I started] and the vast majority of that is really positive.

"They are starting to understand my philosophy and I'd like to think they’re quite enjoying it as well.

"They like working hard and we’re still drip-feeding bits and pieces of the way we want to play, the way we want to defend, the way we want to attack.

"But we’re seeing in training every day that they’re understanding it."

The Ladies bid to build on their year-ending 3-1 success over Liverpool was dealt a blow on Sunday as in-form Chelsea cruised to a 3-0 win over the Toffees at Kingsmeadow.

Kirk spoke afterwards of "taking the standards from the likes of Chelsea" and recognised the work still to be done in improving his squad.

And with the transfer window now open, that could come in the shape of new recruits.

“It would be nice to bring in a couple," he added. "It might mean that one or two have to move out, which we’ll need to make sure is for the good of the player and the Club.

“There will be players that probably have not played as much as we would have liked and might think they’ve got better chances getting game time elsewhere and I totally accept that and agree with it.

“If that allows us to bring in a couple of players in that can enhance the squad, then we’ll do that.

“If we can’t provide competition for places for our players, then we’re not doing the right thing."

Everton Ladies are next in action on Sunday, as they travel south to take on to Brighton and Hove Albion Women at the Checkatrade Stadium, kick-off 2pm.

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