A first female head coach or manager in the English men’s professional game would help to “shatter a prejudice”, the chair of Women In Football has said.
League Two club Forest Green said they were preparing to shortlist a female candidate for their top job earlier this year, until it turned out her CV had been sent in without her or her agent’s knowledge.
The League Managers’ Association is one of a number of organisations and individuals who have made pledges in support of WIF’s #GetOnside campaign, and the network’s chair, Ebru Koksal, believes that first appointment would change perceptions.
“I think that would have a significant impact, because of the visibility of the role and having a role model there to aspire to,” she said.
“It would shatter a prejudice and a belief that there cannot be a female head coach for one of these clubs – why not?
“We have an incoming FA chair who is female (Debbie Hewitt), she has had an amazing career, and I really look forward to hopefully interacting with her. I believe she will make a great change to the industry as well. So why not a female head coach?”
Koksal said one factor which might delay that first appointment is the continued success of the women’s professional game in England.
The first weekend of the Barclays Women’s Super League season attracted 1.5million viewers watching the live games on Sky Sports and the BBC.
“A number of coaches will feel it’s worth staying with it, and riding that big wave as well,” Koksal said.
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