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Grimsby Town To Revolutionise Football! – First Female Manager On The Horizon?

October 21, 2009


Mike Newell did not last long at Grimsby town football club.

The little fishing village on the mouth of the Humber, where i lived in my Uni years have had terrible problems in the last few seasons. It feels like only yesterday that hopes were abound about a place in the Premiership, when they flirted with the Championship play offs. But maybe there is Hope for The Mariners. And Hope is a lady!

Talk is that the east-coast club are looking at the option of appointing England Women’s football coach Hope Powell (sister of drummer from The Libertines/Dirty Pretty Things, Gary Powell) as their new first team coach, which would be a major breakthrough for women in the game. Powell has successfully developed the English ladies into an international force, after being in charge for the entire decade. Her credentials in the women’s code of the game are unrivalled. She has a reputation as a great tactician and motivator. But could it really work at the Men’s professional level? Is she really qualified?

Well yes..she is. She has the badges (she holds a UEFA Pro Licence) and has bought the t shirt. But we all know that the question really lies in the fact that could a woman control a machismo driven culture? Would she be allowed in the dressing rooms when the boys got changed?

It would be brave for Grimsby to go down this route, and become trailblazers. Dean Windass has now applied for the job and has told the press:

“The fact I’ve just retired as a player was purely coincidental, but this is too good an opportunity for me to let it pass by. I was disappointed not to get the chance at Darlington when Colin Todd left and I’ve always said I wanted to be a manager to make my own decisions. Grimsby would be a great club for me to start my managerial career”

Recently when asked about managing in the men’s game Powell said:

“If the offer was right it would certainly be a different challenge. It would be a brave person that would actually give [a woman] that opportunity.”

I dont think the bookies will be slashing their odds just yet, but with the English game’s first female manager, Grimsby would be breaking new ground. Some would say it’s brave. Others would say that it is stupid. But if this happens then it could change the sport forever, allowing the ladies into a domain that they have not yet adventured in to.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2009 1:35 pm

    I’d love this to happen!

    I’ve met Hope a couple of times and don’t think she’d have a problem coaching in the men’s game. But this can be overturned to the men – how would they like to be managed by a woman?

  2. October 21, 2009 3:11 pm

    It’s great to have a woman in consideration but can you imagine what it’ll do to other women’s chances when she doesn’t get it right and creates a bigger problem than it is at present?

  3. October 21, 2009 3:17 pm

    Give it a shot. She’s qualified.
    There are certainly psychological differences at play in coaching men vs coaching women. If she can accommodate and motivate and get winning results, then well done and well deserved.
    I’ve always had male coaches and it wasn’t an issue for me.
    I’m FIFA certified as well but I had a lot of lessons to learn in coaching girls. You learn as you go.
    Best of luck to Hope Powell!

  4. maserati4200 permalink
    October 21, 2009 4:11 pm

    This is just a fantasy – sorry folks.

    It’s hard enough for men who have never played pro-level football to coach a pro team. The dressing room has a culture based, amonst other things, upon respect which in turn is mainly based upon achievement.

    Imagine a hairy-arsed centre back from Grimsby Town taking “advice” or a bollocking, from anyone who hasn’t been there and done it. It wouldn’t matter if they were a man or a woman.

    • Shallowgirl permalink
      October 23, 2009 8:29 am

      The cacophony of silence on this post, which should have provoked much debate, demonstrates to me what people think of the idea. I believe most people’s thoughts would not be too PC.

      • October 24, 2009 3:07 pm

        A mind reader, thanks for enlightening us. Can you give me tonight’s lottery numbers please?


  5. October 24, 2009 9:23 pm

    4, 23, 27, 33, 36, 41

    and the bonus ball is 7

    many thanks

  6. Shallowgirl permalink
    October 25, 2009 12:28 pm

    @ The Hovian. Failed to add “in my humble opinion”. So sorry.

  7. June 11, 2010 12:57 pm

    It’s nice to see a woman given a chance at football management its about time.


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