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Tuesday, 20 August 2013 23:09

Hope Powell sacked as England’s manager

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England Women’s manager, Hope Powell, has been sacked after fifteen years service due to the poor performance of the team in the Euro 2013.

Hope took on the role as England’s first full time manager of the women’s team in June 1998, and got the team to the finals of the World Cup in 2007, runners up in Euro 2009 and the quarter finals of World Cup 2011. But after high expectations for Euro 2013, the team failed to win a game in their group. England lost two matches and drew one, in by far their worst ever performance in a European Championship since 2001. So no free bets in now seeing why Hope had to go!

However, despite the poor showing in Euro 2013, Powell has a lot to be proud of. The 46 year old was the first woman to be awarded the UEFA Pro License, and worked tirelessly with the national team to attain the best results possible. She had a huge influence on the structure of the game, and the formation of the Women’s Super League. Her players speak well of her, and in fact Casey Stoney actually admitted that Powell was ‘ruthless’ in her role as England manager. It is unfortunate part of the game now, that it is all based on results, and Powell always did it ‘her way’’. Unfortunately, this time it did not work out.

There was no doubt there were players not happy going into the Euro 2013 tournament, but this is always the way with any squad of players, as everyone cannot play and the manager inevitably has the decision on who plays and who sits on the bench. In the modern game it is natural that as the loses heap up, so does the criticism, unrest and questions.

I suppose if one had to make the change, now is the best time to do so. The FA has stated they are looking to have someone in place for the World Cup qualifier on the 21st September against Belarus, so lets hope they already have some candidates lined up for the post.