Bristol City manager Tanya Oxtoby has announced she is pregnant and expecting a baby boy in March. The Australian coach, 38, revealed the news on Friday with her partner, Cheltenham Town Ladies midfielder Alice Kempski.
“As my bump is now too big to hide, we are happy to announce we are expecting a baby boy in early 2021,” Oxtoby said. “We are both very excited.”
Oxtoby, the former Doncaster Rovers Belles defender, is due to be the second serving WSL manager to give birth in the space of three seasons, after Chelsea manager Emma Hayes‘ son Harry was born in May 2018, 12 days after that year’s Women’s FA Cup final.
Oxtoby’s Bristol City side are through to the quarter-finals of the Continental League Cup but are bottom of the Women’s Super League, without a win from their first eight league games.
They host 11th-placed West Ham United in one of six WSL games on Sunday, knowing a victory would lift them off the foot of the table.
At the opposite end of the division, leaders Manchester United travel to Reading and the Red Devils’ head coach Casey Stoney hopes the attention on the Rainbow Laces campaign around the weekend’s fixtures can have a positive impact.
“Loving another human being should be the most normal thing in the world and the language we use is really important,” Stoney said. “When I hear people say sexuality is a ‘life choice’, they obviously don’t know enough about it. It’s not an easy life to live, so why would you choose it? It’s about educating people on that.”
Stoney has been named as the WSL’s Manager of the Month for November, while her team’s United States forward Tobin Heath claimed the Player of the Month award.
“I’ve got great staff around me and if I could hand the award to my team, I would. It’s very much an award for the team,” Stoney added, while Wales midfielder Hayley Ladd hailed the impact of Heath this term.
“Tobin’s added that next level for us, with a bit of star quality. She is always a threat, on the ball and with her pace. She’s always helping others, even when she doesn’t need to.” Stoney’s side are unbeaten after their first eight WSL games and top the top flight for the first time in their history, in only their third season since reforming a senior women’s team in the summer of 2018.