Ross becomes 1. FFC Frankfurt head coach

Can he help guide Frankfurt to a Champions League spot?

Ross becomes 1. FFC Frankfurt head coach
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1. FFC Frankfurt have, on Friday, announced that Matt Ross will be their new head coach.

The 38-year-old had been in charge on an interim basis, but the club's impressive form since taking over has earned him the job permanently.

A jack of all trades

Ross arrived at Frankfurt in the 2012/13 season, initially as a video analyst. Since then, he's gone on to take up a variety of roles.

He took charge of the third team and led them to promotion into the Regionalliga in the 2013/14 campaign, before moving on to the under-17s.

More success would follow, as he won the German championship with the squad. The A-licence coach then took up his position as assistant coach to Colin Bell this term.

Turning their season around

But when Bell left midway through the season to take the head coach vacancy at Avaldsnes, Ross was given a chance.

Since then, he has won three times and lost once in four games. However, the side are seemingly beginning to click in an attacking sense.

They have scored 12 times since Ross took the reins; under Bell's tutelage, they managed to notch up the same in nine games. 

Mandy Ilsacker, Simone Laudehr and Dzsenifer Marozsán seem to be firing again, just in time for a heavyweight bout against Rosengard in the Champions League.

Ross will be hoping to continue the good work he has done so far. | Image source: 1. FFC Frankfurt - picture alliance
Ross will be hoping to continue the good work he has done so far. | Image source: 1. FFC Frankfurt - picture alliance

Ross gives his thoughts on the decision

Speaking to the club website after the news was announced, Ross was understandably happy: "I am honored and am very pleased that the board and directors at 1. FFC Frankfurt have expressed confidence in me and gave me the opportunity to be able to run the most successful women's football club in Europe as a head coach in the future."

Ross continued, "The work with the team, the coaches, the staff and the club officials is great fun and we are all very motivated to pursue our club objectives this season with great consistency." The Australian will be hoping to continue the good run this Sunday, when Frankfurt face Turbine Potsdam.