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England FA Sacks Hope Powell

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Hope Powell
Hope Powell

 ( Powell has been sacked as manager of the England women's football team.

The 46-year-old had been in charge since 1998, but was criticized after England was eliminated in the Euro 2013 group stages in July.

England lost two matches and drew one in Sweden. This shows their worst performance at any European Championship since 2001.

Powell's England record:

She was appointed England Coach in June, 1998 to become the first full-time boss of the women's team.

In 2003, Powell became the first woman to earn the UEFA Pro License and led the England senior side to the 2007 World Cup finals. This appearance was their first since 1995.  

Also, Powell guided England to the runners-up spot at Euro 2009, took the country to the 2011 World Cup quarter-finals and at the end of these games, they were handed their highest FIFA ranking of sixth.

At the end of the Euro 2013 group stage, the Lionesses were eliminated.

Powell said: "I leave with very high honor for contributing to all the collective achievements of the group over the past 15 years."

In a statement issued via the League Managers Association, she added: "The women's game as a whole has made significant progress during this time and will continue to do so in years to come.”

“I am extremely proud to have played some part in the development of women's football as a whole."

"At this stage, I would just like to thank all of the players and staff at the FA with whom I have worked while in charge of all the England women's international teams. I sincerely wish the current group of players and my successor the very best for the future."

England was losing finalists at Euro 2009 and reached the World Cup in 2007 and 2011, when they made it to the quarter-finals.

FA General Secretary, Alex Horne, said: “After the Euro 2013 disappointment, the time is right to make a change and for a fresh outlook".

He added: "Hope deserves a lot of credit for her commitment to developing the national teams over such a long period.”

"The high point was undoubtedly reaching the UEFA European Championship finals four years ago.”

"Hope will always be welcomed back at Wembley Stadium and St George's Park [the National Football Centre]. She leaves a strong legacy, having helped the FA build the women's game to the strong position it is in today."

The FA will now look forward to recruiting both a new head coach and a technical lead for women's football.

Powell responded by saying: “The domestic game needs more investment, if the national team wanted to compete with leading nations.


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