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England women manager’s job: FA struggling for female candidates – Baroness Sue Campbell (UK)


The Football Association is struggling to find female candidates for the England manager’s job, says head of women’s football Baroness Sue Campbell.

Mo Marley, the under-19s coach, was named as interim boss in September following the sacking of Mark Sampson.

The FA says it will not appoint a replacement before the end of the year, adding the process is “ongoing”.

“We have plenty of candidates in the pool, but not a lot are women,” Campbell told BBC Sport.

“These things don’t change overnight but we are absolutely determined to get more women into coaching.”

Welshman Sampson took over from Hope Powell in 2013, before being dismissed following evidence of “inappropriate and unacceptable” behaviour with female players in a previous role.

Campbell said there was “not a woman who could step into Hope Powell’s shoes” at the time of his appointment.

“There was not a natural successor,” she added. “But what you can’t argue is that Mark Sampson took us from 14th to third in the world.

“If you look at the England age-group squads, we are now seeing a change with more women leading teams – but we have a lot of work to do.”



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