In December 2018, Hearts agreed to an annual six-figure funding of their ladies’s workforce, as they started a work-in-progress to construct a facet that might finally compete with their profitable rivals throughout the town, Hibernian Girls.
After the departure of former boss, Andy Kirk, Hearts have now appointed the “standout candidate” Eva Olid.
The Spaniard most not too long ago spent 14 months as the top coach on the Catalan Soccer Affiliation and previous to that, frolicked teaching Houston Dynamo’s ladies’s facet.
Hearts kick off their 2021/22 SWPL marketing campaign towards Hamilton Accies on Sunday and the brand new boss can’t wait to get began.
“I’m so completely happy to be right here,” Eva stated.
“I arrived two weeks in the past and the primary week has been about attempting to organise all the things however this week I’m able to focus extra on soccer issues.”
Olid has earlier expertise of the SWPL having beforehand came visiting previous to the Covid-19 pandemic to be taught in regards to the Scottish recreation.
“I knew this league as a result of Celtic have a Spanish coach and I got here right here to see how the soccer works right here. The methodology of Celtic and the groups who play soccer right here and the Scottish league. That was two years in the past, and I continued to comply with however then final yr due to COVID, they didn’t play a lot.”
Having coached in each Spain and the U.S., Olid believes the completely different types of play in each nations will profit her in Scotland.
“Once I knew that hearts wanted a coach, I noticed this as problem for me. I like to educate overseas and have a problem away from my very own nation.
“I used to be working in the US as a result of by going overseas is a approach I can enhance a lot as a coach. It lets me stay new experiences and I feel I will help with my philosophy and the model of play and to deliver that along with the philosophy and types of different nations. “We will use the philosophy I’ve from Spain and collectively I feel we are able to get efficiency from the workforce.
“I just like the problem. In America the soccer is so bodily and once I arrived there they discovered it unusual that my model of play was all with the ball. They needed it to be extra bodily, extra analytical and athletic. They needed to run, run, run, run. However I don’t wish to simply run, run, run. I see that as outdated, possibly what was taking place 20 years in the past.
“Now soccer is extra about possession and what you do with the ball, it’s extra technical and about all these items. I feel that right here I can work as I’d need greater than I may in the US.”
Having grown up watching Spanish soccer, which she believes is now enhancing, Olid states the significance of doing one thing with the ball, should you undertake a possession-based model.
“In Spain we’ve got the philosophy of Barcelona, which is the possession recreation.
“The great factor is to mix this possession recreation with a vertical recreation, as a result of Barcelona performs a lot side-to-side and it’s a sluggish recreation, so preserve the possession but additionally the gamers have to resolve when to play vertical, as a result of the principle objective in a match is to attain.
“The primary tier in Spain, and it’s enhancing a lot, the extent of the groups, now they’re skilled, I attempt to watch all of the video games that I can, each right here and in Spain.”
There’s a altering dynamic in ladies’s soccer in Scotland simply now, Glasgow Metropolis’s dominance is beneath menace after funding from Rangers and Celtic, and Olid believes that is taking place within the ladies’s recreation throughout many leagues however believes Hearts will succeed in the event that they work onerous sufficient.
“I feel that is taking place in lots of leagues. There are at all times some golf equipment which have more cash, they’ve professionals that others don’t have and that may be a large distinction once you go to compete in a match.
“We now have to work with our assets, so after we play the match, this large distinction doesn’t exist, so meaning we have to work onerous.
“If you don’t have all of the assets that you really want, it is advisable to work onerous, encourage the gamers and simply work, work and work. That’s the solely approach.”
Hearts are very a lot the ‘new youngsters on the block’ in Edinburgh with Spartans and Hibernian having had very profitable ladies’s sides for a few years.
There is no such thing as a assure Olid will make an prompt impression, however with a really younger facet at her disposal and a possession-based model of play, Hearts Ladies ought to be an thrilling facet to be careful for this season and past.
“We’re a younger workforce. Our objective is to blood this younger expertise and enhance the efficiency of the workforce. We are going to work to compete each week, we wish to get the three factors each week, for that we practice.
“Our intention is to complete within the highest place we are able to, however we’ll work to get the factors each week.”