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Hope Powell: The first woman to nearly coach a male team

Wednesday 18th January 2017

Hope Powell loved the game, felt the game, and loved participating inside of the game.

There is nothing overrated about the ex-England coach, but I wonder if she would have gotten the position as a League Two manager?

A question that lost its luster back in 2009 was, ‘would Hope Powell be managing League Two Outfit – Grimsby Town?' Footballers Wines took to interviewing the coach; asking her questions that surrounded the speculation that it could come to pass. No doubt, Powell saw herself as an equal to her male – counterparts.

She saw herself as knowing the game back to front, and she saw herself as being more than qualified to take on the role. She agreed that she would happily take the position at a league two outfit because why not? Why shouldn't she try to manage a male team - and be the first ever female coach to manage a 20+-man squad? I feel deep down the truth is simple: she wouldn't be good enough in the eyes of many.

It wasn't to be. The caretaker at Grimsby Town squashed all rumours that were exciting; Neil Woods became the manager on a full-time basis. He did his job, and what he needed to do – but wouldn't of it been a step forward if Hope had been given a chance? Sure, Fifa wants to bridge the gaps when it comes to discrimination, racism, orientation and female representatives in the game. They want change and they even appointed her as the first female to be involved as a coach educator in the ‘PFA,' back in April 2016.

  • That means coaching with other regional male coaches; working with professional males, and being a ‘role – model', as she put it for other female coaches who want to try for the position of a coach educator. I mean it's still not actual progress, and other more prominent male managers who fail miserably quite often - naming no names, always seem to secure a position sooner or later on the pitch once again - managing a team .

Hope called football a ‘gender divide' in her interview for footballer's wines, and the views on that channel for this interview only mount to fifty; again, it's clear to see that many are not welcoming the embrace of this change. Or maybe I'm wrong? Maybe it's a curious case of it just not being the right moment. But what does Hope, or any other female manager need to be fit to take on the responsibility of managing a male team? Any ideas?

Keith Boanas, the Estonia women head coach 2009 (onwards) attacked her ability and signalled that anybody could do her job (in a manner of words) given a similar level of support. Harsh, but is that true? Was Hope Powell the only real chance of a female manager in the male league, or is there still hope for that to be revived by another? Let's wait and see.
Christine Reynolds
I would say that I'm a writer of many flavors. I did a-bit of music journalism - I want to do this full time. I've done some content writing, editing and freelance work, and other various media/music related work. I've written for various blogs and magazines (up and coming,) and hope to be a fully fledged writer; earning the big bucks and stirring my readers. Au revoir.

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