Former Arsenal women’s manager, Shelley Kerr, admits she would ‘do things differently’ after she reportedly reduced some of Scotland’s World Cup players to tears following their World Cup elimination and ‘a few drinks’.
The 49-year-old allegedly blamed her players for their World Cup elimination in a ‘rant’ that took place the day after they were eliminated from the competition in France this summer.
“There were a few hard and fast conversations. That will happen in a performance environment,” Kerr told BBC Sport.
“On reflection would I do things differently? Yeah of course, maybe the timing because the emotions, certainly the circumstance, were so unique.
“The staff were working around the clock and the day after, when the tournament finished, myself and some of the staff went out for a meal and we had a few drinks.
“You’re on time off but I can see the perception.”
Scotland lost their opening two games to England and Japan and conceded three in the final 16 minutes when they were three-up against Argentina in their final group game. Despite losing their first two matches, a win against Argentina would have seen Scotland qualify for the knock-out stages in their first ever World Cup finals appearance.
The BBC report that, ‘the Scottish FA are aware of the matter and have had conversations with Kerr and certain players.’
Kerr has now shifted her attentions to preparing for the Euros, naming her squad and only excluding two players who are injured from those who went to France.
“We’ll address, we’ll debrief,” Kerr said. “I’ve spoken to a lot of the players directly and indirectly and I’ve got a positive feeling about the Euros. That’s what we need to focus on now.”
Kerr managed Arsenal between 2013 and 2014 when rumours of problems within the squad were rife and a number of high-profile players left as Kerr attempted to push through needed structural reforms at the club.