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Rachel Yankey urges Premier League and EFL executives to start making bold decisions on hiring women coaches (UK)

Rachel Yankey has encouraged top executives at professional men’s clubs to make ‘bold’ decisions and start appointing female coaches.

The 37-year-old is taking her UEFA B Licence to make the transition from a 129-cap England forward to working behind-the-scenes.

While male coaches and managers are prevalent in the women’s game — the national team was managed by Mark Sampson until he was sacked last month— women are virtually non-existent in the male game. Yankey, however, does not believe gender should prevent women working at top clubs in men’s football.

I hope we will see that in the future,’ Yankey told Sportsmail. ‘Football is changing. Arsene Wenger spoke about it saying he didn’t think it was that far away that there will be a female manager in the Premier League and working at a men’s club.

‘Different people have so many different jobs — the main manager, an analyst, one of the coaching staff — at a football team. It doesn’t mean just because you’re a female you can’t coach and can’t work with people.

‘Coaching is about putting your way across and a learning style to help the players. Surely that doesn’t mean only men can do that. We’re on our way to getting females higher up. It’s about changing perceptions and stereotypes that women can’t work in the men’s game.

‘The coaches wont be playing, it won’t be there’s any physical reason. It’s about your knowledge and the way you get your point across and teach, there’s no reason females can’t do that as well as men.


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