Mo Marley

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Mo Marley
Personal information
Full name Maureen Marley
Date of birth (1967-01-31) 31 January 1967 (age 47)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
England Women Under-19s
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–2002 Everton Ladies
National team
1995–2001 England 41 (1)
Teams managed
2001– England Women Under-19s
2002–2012 Everton Ladies
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Maureen "Mo" Marley MBE née Mallon (born 31 January 1967) is an English football manager and former player. As of 2012, she is manager of the England women's national under–19 team.[2] As a player Marley was a powerful centre back, who captained both the England women's national football team and Everton, turning out 41 times for England between 1995 and 2001.

Marley had a 24-year association with Everton, joining the club in their former incarnation as Leasowe Pacific in 1988. She won the 1989 Women's FA Cup and captained the team to the FA Women's Premier League title in 1997–98. After taking over as manager in 2002—sacking her husband to do so—she led Everton to the 2008 FA Women's Premier League Cup and the 2010 FA Women's Cup. Marley led Everton into the UEFA Women's Champions League on three occasions before standing down as manager in October 2012.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Marley joined Everton Ladies, then named Leasowe Pacific, in the 1987–88 season.[3] She helped the club win the 1989 Women's FA Cup[4] and went on to captain the side.[2]

International career[edit]

Marley made her England senior debut, aged 28, against Italy in November 1995.[4] She went on to captain the side, including during the 2001 European Championships,[2] after which she retired from international football with 41 caps.[5] Marley scored one goal for England, a header in a 6–0 friendly win over Scotland at Bramall Lane in March 1997.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

Marley stopped playing and took over as manager of Everton Ladies in the 2002 close season,[3] having previously been the Girls and Women's Football Development Officer for Merseyside.[4] She had taken up her role as head coach of England Under-19s in November 2001, while still playing for Everton.[7] She guided Everton to their FA Women's Premier League Cup win in 2008 and FA Women's Cup win in 2010.[2]

Marley became only the second woman in England, after Hope Powell, to be awarded the UEFA Pro Licence. She completed the course in 2007–08, alongside Roy Keane.[8]

In July 2009 she coached the England Under-19s side to victory in the Uefa Women's Under-19 Championship.[9] Marley stood down as Everton manager in October 2012, to focus on her job at the Football Association (FA).[10]

Personal life[edit]

Marley's husband, Keith, was the manager of the Everton Ladies side until being replaced by Marley.[3] In December 2005 she was awarded an MBE for her services to women's football on Merseyside.[11]


  1. ^ "European Women Championship 2001 – Final Tournament Details". Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Mo Marley". The Football Association. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Philip Kirkbride (21 May 2009). "Everton Ladies boss Mo Marley sacked husband so she could be manager". The Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Tony Leighton (2 May 2010). "England dug-out duo become rivals in FA Women's Cup final at Nottingham". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Tony Leighton (25 July 2001). "Marley calls time on England". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Scots in six-goal sickener". Daily Record. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Tony Leighton (13 November 2001). "Marley takes control". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Will Buckley (10 February 2008). "'I get no satisfaction from my job. It's a madness. You do it for the challenge'". The Observer. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  9. ^ John Atkin (25 July 2009). "'We're all just delighted, shocked'". UEFA. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Scots in six-goal sickener". Daily Record. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Marley Quits as Ladies Boss". Everton FC. 13 October 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gillian Coultard
England Women Captain
Succeeded by
Tara Proctor