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Powell has long-term hope for Brighton

EXPERIENCED: Hope Powell has big aims for Brighton

BRIGHTON WOMEN’S manager Hope Powell is delighted with her first few months in the job. The former England manager is excited about the rest of the season with the news that the South Coast outfit have received confirmation of Tier One status for next season.

Powell said: “I think the players have done well and these first few months have given me the opportunity to really assess the levels of their technical and tactical abilities. I must say their work ethic and desire to play and train has been first class.

“We’ve done relatively well in the matches played so far. That being said, we really need to push on in the second half of the season and ensure we’re still sitting alongside the front runners.”


For all her experience, Powell has been pleasantly surprised by the standard in Women’s Super League (WSL) 2. “The games are fast and it’s end-to-end action for 90 minutes in lots of them,” she said. “Sometimes I feel the pace of the games needs to slow down on some occasions, but it’s a competitive league. That helps the players develop even more.”

What will certainly help Brighton’s players advance is playing in WSL 1 next term. Powell, who is excited by the challenge, said: “Based on the club’s ambitions and what they wanted to invest, there would’ve been something wrong if we didn’t get in.

“I am not saying that arrogantly, it’s just from what we’ve seen in terms of facilities, investment and philosophy here at the club. It’s a great achievement in terms of all the work that has been done.

“It will be really exciting and a real challenge, too, because the investment over the years
has been considerable at big clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. Their players are all of international standard and the competition on the pitch is going to be very tough. The players’ job is to work hard to try and compete at that level.”

After getting the axe from the England job, Powell took time out to add to her football education. After the hiatus she is more than happy to be back in the game. “It’s really enjoyable and it is a new experience for me personally. It gives me an opportunity to really build a club.”

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