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Brighton Women appoint former England boss Hope Powell

NEW JOB: Hope Powell

FORMER ENGLAND boss Hope Powell has been named manager of Women's Super League 2 side Brighton and Hove Albion.

Speaking on her new job, Powell said:

"I'm delighted to be back in management at a club that has so much ambition with amazing infrastructure both on and off the pitch.

"The task is now to build a side capable of mounting a challenge for promotion into FA Women's Super League One."

Amy Merricks will be Powell's number two, with interim boss George Parris reverting to the role of regional talent club technical director.

Paul Barber, Brighton's chief executive, previously knew Powell during his period as the Football Association's commercial director.

He told the club's official website:

"Hope has an incredible wealth of coaching experience at the very highest level, and had a very impressive career as a player too.

"This appointment also further demonstrates the ongoing commitment that the chairman, myself and the board of directors have in promoting women's football at the club."

Powell, 50, was in charge of the national team between 1998 and 2013 and also managed the Great Britain side at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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