Flo Allen has no regrets about sacking former Norwich City women's head coach Martin Herdman, despite the failure to get promoted.

Herdman was dismissed in February with the Canaries' undefeated in the league, general manager Allen replacing him with interim boss Scott Emmerson until the end of the season.

City's form declined thereafter, faltering in a series of draws before losing their unbeaten record on the last day of the season. AFC Wimbledon went on to win the title after Norwich had been in a strong position, but the 24-year-old wouldn't change her decision in hindsight.

"I think when we look back on the decision, it was one that we had to make for the long-term future stability of the club," she said. "It was something that was the right decision.

"Unfortunately, looking in from the outside things looked all rosy, unbeaten in the league. But behind the scenes sometimes it's not always the clear picture.

"I had some really good, open and honest conversations with Martin, but I think in the end it was the right decision for both parties."

The upshot of Herdman's sacking has been the appointment of former Nottingham Forest chief Andy Cook, who arrives with pedigree and is highly rated in the women's game.

Allen says parting with his predecessor when she did allowed the best possible recruitment process, one she feels has concluded successfully.

"It allowed us four to five months to do a real, hard, thorough interview process," she continued. "I must say thank you to Scott as well for the fantastic work that he did. He plays a real key role in the future of this club as our under-16s head coach as well.

"That decision was a hard decision, but it was the right decision for the club and for the players, for the future.

"We've now landed ourselves with a top coach in Andy, someone who's going to push and move us forward."