Former England coach named Albion women's new manager

Hope Powell, pictured in 2005, was the England women's national coach from 1998 to 2013.
Hope Powell, pictured in 2005, was the England women's national coach from 1998 to 2013.

Former England coach Hope Powell is delighted to be back in management after being named the new manager of Brighton's women's team.

Powell arrives at the club with a glittering coaching career, having spent 15 years in charge of England, and she also managed the Great Britain Olympic women’s team in 2012.


She said: "I am delighted to be back in management at a club that has so much ambition with an amazing infrastructure both on and off the pitch.


"I have followed the club's progress closely and I was thrilled to hear news of their well-deserved promotion to the FA Women's Super League last year.


"The team had a solid campaign in this year's Spring Series, and the task is now to build a side that is capable of mounting a challenge for promotion into FA Women’s Super League 1."


Powell earned 66 caps for England and scored 35 goals during her playing career from 1983 to 1998, before she coached the national team from 1998 to 2013.


Albion chief executive Paul Barber said: "Hope is someone with an outstanding record in coaching, playing and management within football - she is also someone I know well from my time at The Football Association.


"She has an incredible wealth of coaching experience at the very highest level, and had a very impressive career as a player too.


"We feel Hope is the right person to take our women's team forward, as we look to gain promotion and establish ourselves as a FA Women's Super League 1 side.


"This appointment also further demonstrates the ongoing commitment that the chairman, myself and the board of directors have in promoting women's football at the club."


Women's chair and club director Michelle Walder added: "It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Hope to the club.


“She is someone that has unparalleled coaching experience and technical skills within the women’s game, and this appointment can take us to the next level.


"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank George Parris for the work he has done as interim first-team manager during the past year, along with the excellent support of Amy Merricks."


Merricks will be Powell's assistant coach, with Parris reverting to the role of regional talent club technical director.

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