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Former England footie boss embarks on a new journey

BACK IN BUSINESS: Hope Powell

THE FIRST lady of football makes her return to the beautiful game this week. Former England boss Hope Powell, the new manager of Women’s Super League 2 side Brighton & Hove Albion, will lead her team against Durham Women on October 1.

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. She was sacked after England’s group-stage elimination from Euro 2013.

Her new role has been acknowledged by Brighton's Chris Hughton. The Premier League boss said:

“I would like to welcome Hope Powell to the club, who takes up her position as head coach this week, ahead of the club’s home debut. We wish her and the team well as they embark on their landmark season.”

Powell told the BBC at the time of her appointment:

“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.”

Paul Barber, Brighton’s chief executive, 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.”

One player looking forward to working with Powell is Brighton’s goalkeeper, Lucy Gillett who said:

“To be coached by Hope Powell is going to be incredible, she knows what she’s doing and hopefully she gets us to where we want to be.”

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