Hope Powell has been sacked as manager of the England Women's football team following a poor Euro 2013 campaign.

England gained a measly one point at the most recent European Championships in Sweden, failing to qualify from their group.

Powell's position had been under scrutiny since then, and the FA opted to end her 15-year stint at the helm of the national side. They felt that this was the right time to make a change and for a "fresh outlook".

FA general secretary Alex Horne thanked Powell for her efforts over the years. He said: "Hope deserves a lot of credit for her commitment to developing the national teams over such a long period.

He added: "The high point was undoubtedly reaching the UEFA European Championship final four years ago. Hope will always be welcome back at Wembley Stadium and [national football centre] St George's Park and she leaves a strong legacy, having helped the FA build the women's game to the strong position it is in today."

Powell has had a monumental impact upon the women's game since being appointed England coach in 1998, setting an array of new landmarks throughout her reign.

Her achievements include becoming the first female to earn a UEFA Pro License in 2003, leading the Lionesses to the 2007 World Cup - their first since 1995 - and leading them to the final of the European Championships just two years later. 

The women's side have also attained their highest FIFA ranking of sixth under her stewardship.

She released a statement via the League Managers' Association, which read: "I leave very honoured to have contributed to all of the collective achievements of the group over the past 15 years.

"At this stage, I would just like to thank all of the players and staff at the FA who I have worked with during my time 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."

It is not yet known what Powell plans to do next, but some are suggesting she may take the unprecedented step of becoming the first female coach in the men's game. 

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