Tuesday, 20 August 2013

FA Hope for a fresh outlook...

...as today they announce the sacking of England Women's head coach, Hope Powell.

Hope Powell's 15 year reign has come to an end this morning, with the FA stating: "After the disappointment of the recent tournament in Sweden, the Club England Board believe the time is right to make a change and for a fresh outlook."

Powell was the first woman to gain a UEFA Pro License, after a successful playing career which saw her score 35 goals out of 66 England appearances. Her biggest achievement as coach was taking the England Womens side to the European Finals in 2009, unfortunately losing out in the final to Germany.

Yes it's unfortunate for any manager to get sacked, but in this case, Hope has done something that not many have done before. She has left a legacy behind and she has paved the way for a new manager to come in and improve on her efforts. It's rare nowadays for a manager to sustain a job in football for that long, although she has had her fair share of controversy as manager, she fought so much for women's football in England. Whoever her successor is, it needs to be the right person for the job, whether male or female. 

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