Ex-Coventry City Women head coach will coach England women’s team

The FA Women’s Super League hasn’t had an English manager of either men’s or women’s teams in charge since Mick Wadsworth stepped down in 2008. Unfortunately, that looks set to stay the case under…

Ex-Coventry City Women head coach will coach England women’s team

The FA Women’s Super League hasn’t had an English manager of either men’s or women’s teams in charge since Mick Wadsworth stepped down in 2008. Unfortunately, that looks set to stay the case under new coach Emma Hayes, the former head coach of Coventry City’s Ladies.

Hayes, who has always led predominantly women’s teams, has had experience of working with British federations in the past: she served as the CEO of the country’s women’s football federation from 2012-13, for example. When she took the lead for Coventry this year, former Chelsea manager Avram Grant was tapped in to stand in as interim head coach until her appointment for the final months of the season.

On Thursday, Hayes confirmed that she would take over from Grant. She suggested that greater equality within the sport was a prerequisite for women’s management in the United Kingdom, saying: “As far as I’m concerned … the more football we put into women’s sport is a good thing.”

Hayes suggested that rules regarding the recruitment of managers were not equal, saying: “When I’ve been in charge of girls’ teams in the past I’ve had to go through it,” Hayes said. “I know where I’m in line and where I’m not,” adding: “[It’s] for an FA with pockets the size of a dustbin.”

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