Lincoln Ladies have foundations for success, says new manager Rick Passmoor
New Lincoln Ladies manager Rick Passmoor believes he has the tools to make his side regular challengers to Arsenal in the Women's Super League.
Passmoor's appointment was confirmed last week to end the Lady Imps' managerial saga which has rumbled on for much of the winter.
The former Leeds United Ladies boss accepted the job after Keith Boanas decided to remain with the Estonia national set-up, despite initially agreeing to succeed Glen Harris, who was sacked at the end of last season.
But Passmoor is focused firmly on the future and making Lincoln challengers for silverware, although he stresses turning the side into title challenges won't happen overnight after two mid-table finishes in the Super League.
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Champions Arsenal and nearest challenges Birmingham remain the sides to beat in the top-flight of the women's game.
"We realise it's a three-year plan, maybe up to five years, but we want to be competing with the very best," he said.
"We want to be challenging the likes of Birmingham and Arsenal on a regular basis.
"We've got the core, we've got the foundation, we just need to build it upwards.
"I have no doubts that we've got the tools to make that happen."
Passmoor boasts an impressive CV having won the League Cup with Leeds, who he guided to their highest ever finish in the Premier League National Division. He is also a former Premier League manager of the year.
Passmoor resigned as Leeds Ladies boss in 2010 after the club pulled out of the race to secure a Super League place.
Since then, he has been with the men's set-up at Elland Road and has coached the reserves and under-18s.
He sees the Lady Imps as the perfect opportunity to return to the women's game.
Passmoor has a proud record of developing players, with several members of his Leeds squad going on to play international football.
"I started with just one international at Leeds United Ladies," he recalled.
"But with the programme of development and coaching we finished with seven.
"What we wish to do with Lincoln is start a new chapter. Exciting times are ahead.
"There are four or five ex-Leeds players in the squad, and Casey Stoney, the England captain and Karen Bardsley, the England number one.
"But there are also a lot good, young players coming through the system.
"Within women's football, you've got to ensure you have a good development programme for young players."
While Passmoor has the scope to bring in new players, he is also keen to develop local talent, which he believes will grow the club's fanbase.
"There are opportunities within the women's game for grassroots players," he added.
"If you get local talented players into the first team, it creates interest from the media, public and can put a few hundred on your gate."
Passmoor insists he has no issue with the fact Boanas, who accepted the job in November before his U-turn, was offered the job first.
"Not at all," he declared. "I've got a lot of confidence in myself, the players, the staff that are here and the staff that I will look to bring in to assist us."