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Liverpool Women have announced Matt Beard as the club’s next manager.

Most recently, Beard served as Bristol City interim manager while Tanya Oxtoby was on maternity leave.

Beard is familiar with Liverpool, having led the club to back-to-back WSL titles in 2013 and 2014.

“I’m delighted to be back at Liverpool Women,” Beard said in a statement Thursday. “When the opportunity arose, it was something I wanted to do. I’ve always followed the club since I left — it’s close to my heart.”

Liverpool spent the past season trying to claw their way back into the Women’s Super League after being relegated to the Championship in 2020. After a loss to eventual winner Leicester City in January, Liverpool ended the season in third place and missed out on the WSL bounce-back opportunity.

Beard will be tasked with leading the club back to the Super League when he takes over for the 2022 season.