“Honestly, I don’t really know where I’m going [take]said Hines. “Life hits you hard.” One minute you’re playing, the next minute you’re not. I must move on. “
While working with the youth team, Hines, 34, had the opportunity to watch a Pride training session with then-coach Tom Sermanni, giving him his first glimpse of the women’s game
“I really appreciate it. Just being a part of it, being around world-class players and being in a professional environment, you don’t get that often,” Hines reflected. “So it just progresses from there … it’s just something you never really plan to do, but you just go with the flow. And then before you know it, you’re the manager of the club.”
In May 2020, Hines officially joined Marc Skinner to help the team through a difficult pandemic year. 2021 is also challenging, with Skinner leaving United midway through the season and Hines having to provide continuity, first under interim manager Becky Burley and then new recruit Amanda Cromwell in 2022 .