Sunday 3 December 2017

Cushing signs new contract

Manchester City are delighted to announce Nick Cushing has signed a new contract.

The Blues’ boss has agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal, which keeps him at the Club until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Cushing took charge in 2014, ahead of the maiden FA WSL campaign, having previously worked as a coach within the City Academy.

Since then he has overseen a period of remarkable success with a side that has swept the board domestically.

In 2016 he guided City through an unbeaten season to lift the Club’s first FA WSL title, adding a second Continental Cup that same year, before capping an unforgettable 12 months with victory in the 2017 FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

During this spell, the 33-year-old also had the honour of taking City into the women’s Champions League for the first time, reaching the semi-finals at the first attempt and he’s delighted to have the opportunity to build on this success.

“I’m really, really happy to have signed,” he enthused.

“My future is here and we can carry on trying to be successful and continue the great work that we’ve shown over the past four years to try and remain the dominant domestic team and keep pushing on in Europe.

Sitting unbeaten at the top of the FA WSL and with a Champions League quarter-final to look forward to, City are again in the hunt for trophies this season.

Several new faces were added this summer and Cushing reveals the opportunity taste success with a squad in the second stage of its life cycle was a motivating factor when it came to putting pen to paper.

“One of my main drivers in committing to Manchester City was because we’ve gone through the first phase of transition from the team we had in 2014 to what we have now.

“The future holds another transitional phase, maybe four or five years ahead and I would like to think that I’ll be the coach then.

“To do that, I have to work hard and keep improving this team so that we continue to win the number of games that we’ve won, but we want to play in a better style so we can draw in more fans.”

Having had a front row seat to watch women’s football grow in England, Cushing reflects with pride on the role City has played in this.

That’s why, despite acknowledging it will make it more difficult to be successful, he embraces the FA’s decision to make the WSL fully-professional from next season.

The challenge and excitement of winning is what drives the man with a growing medal collection and he’s looking forward to testing himself in an increasingly competitive environment.

There’ll always be one eye on Europe’s top prize, though, with Cushing admitting the desire to bring a Champions League trophy back to Manchester is central to his aspirations.

“A fully professional league means it will be harder to win," he said. "Every other team will be more competitive and that can only be good for the game.

“The coming seasons really do enthuse me because the greater the challenge gets the better the success feels.

“We hold all the domestic trophies and it excites me to think that we have the opportunity to retain those.

“I just want to continue to try and win for this club and for the players, they put huge effort and dedication in.

“If we repeat the same performances that we’ve had throughout the Champions League then maybe we’ll reach the final and then it’s a one-off game.

“It’s a dream for us and hard work drives us to achieve that dream.”

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