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England may lose Hope


THE FIRST Lady of English football is considering quitting the game. Hope Powell, who has done more than anyone else for football in the United Kingdom, says she is considering her future as coach after England's crushing World Cup quarter-final defeat by France.

England lost 4-3 on penalties in Leverkusen following a 1-1 draw after extra-time.

Powell, who has been in charge for 13 years, said it might be time for her to take a developmental role within the Football Association.

"Within the FA we are looking at something, hopefully that will come to fruition," she said.

The 44-year-old added: "The most important thing is I want to be involved in women's football, preferably in England."

Powell, a Voice columnist was asked if she would consider some kind of overseer role, she said: "If an opportunity presented itself, yeah, undoubtedly."

The London coach has already had a big hand in developing the women's game in England, and oversees England's youth teams. She also played a big part in helping set up the Women's Super League, which began in April.

Given Powell's vast experience, there appears few obvious candidates of similar calibre. She was the first women to obtain a Uefa Pro Licence.

Mo Marley, who currently coaches the England under-19s and Everton, could be one option, although the FA might also consider a male coach.

Powell, if she should leave the FA, may consider in the Football League. The rumour mill has suggested that she may be offered a role within the men’s game.


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