No women will manage in Premier League – Powell

Former England women’s coach Hope Powell believes that a female manager will never be hired by Premier League clubs, despite them being just as qualified as men, Sky Sports is reporting.

Powell managed the England women for 15 years, being relieved of her duties during the summer after a disappointing European Championship in which her side failed to win a match despite being touted as contenders to win the tournament.

Although Powell was once linked with the Grimsby Town manager’s job, no woman has ever managed a Football League club, and Powell doubts that there will ever be a female boss at the highest level. She said: “Will a woman manage in the Premier League? It’s a question I’m often asked but, honestly, I don’t think so, no.

I am as qualified as my male counterparts and there are more female coaches coming through; certainly we have the credentials, but it’s about the opportunities.

On the chances of a woman managing in the Football League, Powell added: “There’s probably more of an opportunity in the lower leagues. The important thing to know is that the females in the game are qualified. I have a (UEFA) Pro Licence, as do many other women, so it’s not about qualifications.

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