Liverpool FC can confirm that women's manager Vicky Jepson has left the club by mutual consent.
It brings an end to a partnership which has lasted more than a decade and included various roles at the club.
Jepson began as LFC Foundation’s programme lead for women and girls’ football in 2009, spreading the message about the women’s game.
She spent seven years as a Foundation coach at home and sometimes abroad, taking on extra roles within the women’s Academy and working through the age groups. She progressed to the Girls’ Centre of Excellence, where she enjoyed five years as LFC Women’s development squad manager.
After a brief spell as assistant manager she was appointed manager of LFC Women in October 2018.
“It’s with a heavy heart that my time has come to an end with Liverpool Football Club; the place I love and have been lucky enough to call home for over a decade,” said Jepson.
“Over the years I have been fortunate to work across the entire pathway at this club. During this time, I’ve seen so many youth players go on to wear the first-team red shirt, which fills me with immense pride. It’s been a privilege to have contributed to their careers.
“I’m also grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside the talented people at the LFC Foundation. Seeing the increase of girls’ participation in football has been truly inspiring.
“To the many senior players, both past and present, that I’ve worked with, I thank you. Thank you for empowering me with your relentless efforts, professional attitudes and sacrifices that you make daily as a professional footballer. I will be forever grateful for our time together and will be supporting you all from afar this season.”
Jepson reserved a special message for the Liverpool fans who have supported her throughout her journey at the club.
She said: “To the fans, I’ve travelled around the globe wearing this badge and have witnessed the power of this club. You are incredible and the reason why LFC is so special. Thank you for your support, our women’s team wear that badge with pride and work hard for this club. Please continue to get behind them, they need your support.
“Lastly, thank you for welcoming me into the LFC family all those years ago. I will carry this in my heart for the rest of my life.
“For now, I’ll be taking some time out with family, but I’m excited and looking forward to my next challenge in the world of football. See you soon, You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Assistant manager Amber Whiteley will assume the role of interim manager of LFC Women as the search for a new first-team boss gets under way.
The LFC Women’s board paid tribute to Jepson’s contribution to the club and the wider women’s game.
“Everyone at Liverpool FC would like to thank Vicky for her service to the club over more than a decade.
“We will follow her future endeavours closely and wish her success in everything she does going forward.
“Vicky’s legacy here will be the thousands of young girls - both around Liverpool and internationally - whose talent and love for the game flourished under her guidance.
“The football pathway for girls on Merseyside, through our Academy and Regional Training Club, is a hugely positive one and Vicky has played a massive part in that. Her contribution to the Women’s first-team set-up and leading the section through tough times is appreciated.
“Now is the time for a fresh direction for us both and we will offer Amber every support as interim manager as we start the search for a permanent replacement.”