The 43-year-old arrives in North London having cut her teeth coaching the Scotland Under-19s national side for the past four years and with a wealth of experience at international level having been capped 59 times by her country.
Naturally proud to be appointed manager of the most successful team in English women’s football, Shelley revealed:
“I’m extremely excited to be taking up the position of Arsenal Ladies manager. Arsenal have been at the forefront of the women’s game for as long as I can remember and it’s a real honour to join the setup.
“I’m inheriting a great group of players and I look forward to working with them all to bring further success to the Club in the seasons ahead.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal Ladies General Manager Vic Akers (presumably wearing shorts) added:
“We are extremely pleased to have confirmed Shelley as the new Arsenal Ladies manager.
“She has fantastic experience at club and international level and all the qualities needed to succeed at Arsenal. On behalf of everyone at Arsenal Football Club, I would like to welcome Shelley to the Club.”
Shelley’s first task in her new role will be to prepare Arsenal Ladies for their Women’s Champions League quarter-final with Italian side ASD Torres in March.
Arseblog News welcomes Shelley to the Arsenal fold and wishes the Ladies all the best with their quest for a second European honour.