Is Hope Powell about to take Mike Newell’s job?
Irony police urgently needed at Blundell Park
Women. They get everywhere these days. Just ask Mike Newell. Having seen a female assistant referee play her part in a Luton Town defeat to QPR back in November 2006, Newell ranted:
“She should not be here. I know that sounds sexist, but I am sexist, so I am not going to be anything other than that. We have a problem in this country with political correctness, and bringing women into the game is not the way to improve refereeing and officialdom.
It is absolutely beyond belief. It is bad enough with the incapable referees and linesmen we have, but if you start bringing in women, you have big problems.
This is not park football, so what are women doing here? It is tokenism, for the politically-correct idiots.”
So one can only imagine the silence at the Newell family breakfast table this morning, as he perused his Daily Mail (not one of those ubiquitous right-on digs – the story was genuinely a Mail exclusive.) The Mail revealed that one of the names in the frame to sit in the chair he’s just been booted out of is none other than England Women’s Coach, Hope Powell. A bona fide woman.
Powell had a good summer, guiding England Ladies to a creditable runners-up spot in the recent European Championship. It goes without saying, Hope Powell would be the first female to manage in the mens’ professional game. But what would you think if your club hired a lady gaffer? Fancy swapping Rafa for Rafaella? Carlo for Carla? Let us know below…