For a long time, professional football has been dominated by men.
This seems natural given the nature of the sport and the dominance of men on the terraces and in high ranking positions within clubs. However, in recent times the sport has moved on in terms of women having a strong presence off the field as supporters but their involvement in running the game, or as part of the coaching staff, has not progressed in a similar way.
There will surely come a time when women will hold managerial roles at professional football clubs. In any other employment we would not be having this debate as women hold executive roles in many high profile companies and in government. So why should they not hold high-profile positions in football?
Unfortunately it appears a long way off from being a reality at the moment. The Football Association has a lot of work ahead of them if they are to change the status quo. They have worked hard to make the game attractive to women as a spectator sport after the dark days of football hooliganism in the 1980s, but to attract women to both play and be managers could be equally as hard.
The FA still has a lot of hard work ahead of them to attract black players to management. If this hard work is successful I can see a woman manager in one of the lower leagues within ten years. The first step, though, should be to try and integrate the best female coaches into backroom coaching roles.
Women can be a success in this male-dominated world. Karren Brady at Birmingham City and West Ham has proven this over a long period of time. I am sure she will have experienced prejudice in her career in football but has clearly had the strength to overcome this.
What is the chance of current England women's boss Hope Powell becoming the first female coach in the Football League? It is a fairly obvious thing to say but football needs to change.
Football has the power to influence many people worldwide. This is the chance to totally change the perspective of football to millions. Women have many attributes that men could learn from and their fresh perspective to football management could be a breath of fresh air. This could be ideal to a sport which has received many knocks over recent years. Who knows, The Manageress programme starring Cherie Lunghi as a Second Division football manager in the 1980s may well become a reality before long.
Perhaps the notion was not as far-fetched as people may have thought.
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