Wembley Stadium

Next Game

England v San Marino

Thursday, 09 October 2014, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group E

St Jakob Park

Last Game

Switzerland 0 - 2 England

Monday, 08 September 2014, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group E

FA plots women's overhaul

The Football Association plans wider changes to aid the development of women's football following Hope Powell's axe, general secretary Alex Horne has confirmed.

Last Updated: 21/08/13 at 12:10 Post Comment

Hope Powell: 15-year reign as England boss is over

Hope Powell: 15-year reign as England boss is over

Powell's 15-year reign as England boss came to an end on Tuesday following a disappointing showing at Euro 2013, where her side - finalists four years ago - finished bottom of their group.

The FA now has only four weeks to find a new manager ahead of a fresh qualification campaign for the 2015 World Cup that starts with home games against Belarus on 21 September and Turkey five days later.

Canada's English coach John Herdman is among the favourites to succeed Powell but Horne revealed a new head of performance will tasked with ensuring emerging talent can break through at the top level.

"We just decided there was a need for a fresh outlook," Horne told Sky Sports News.

"We've got two appointments we'll look to make now: a women's senior coach, with a focus just on running that team and working with those semi-professional athletes, but also a head of women's performance to make sure we're managing that talent pathway.

"So it's two new roles we'll look to recruit."

FA chairman Greg Dyke insisted the move to disperse with Powell's services was the right one.

"Hope's done a great job for women's football in this country and how it's developed over 15 years is important but every so often you do need a change," Dyke said.

"There's a period in which you're most effective and over time you become less effective and I think that was the decision."

Powell's former counterpart Roy Hodgson echoed Dyke's sentiments but credited the work she had done during her time in charge.

"Hope has done a good job for women's football in this country," he said.

"If you look at what's happened over 15 years it's enormous, the change. But every so often you have to make changes."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

Premier League: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet delighted Lee Cattermole stayed at club

Gus Poyet believes keeping Lee Cattermole was the best transfer decision he has made while at Sunderland.

Manchester United news: Rio Ferdinand says he has nothing against 'gentleman' David Moyes

Rio Ferdinand says David Moyes is a "great man" and would welcome a chat with the former Manchester United manager.

Championship: Gianfranco Zola has emerged as favourite for the vacant job at Fulham

Gianfranco Zola has emerged as a leading contender for the vacant manager’s position at Fulham, according to Sky Bet’s odds.

Mail Box

It Was Better When City Were Rubbish

'I think I preferred it when we were s**t' says one City fan in the afternoon mailbox. There's a decent chat about the empty seats plus views on Liverpool and Roma...

Do City Really Need To Expand Their Stadium?

That's the question posed by one Man United fan in the mailbox after seeing the empty seats at the Etihad last night. Sadly, there isn't a single mail from a City supporter...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property