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Hope For Powell Could Come From Arsene Wenger

Hope For Powell Could Come From Arsene Wenger

The Women`s World Cup starts later this month with Arsenal Ladies players forming the spine of the side. If Arsene Wenger is searching for the missing killer instinct that will push his side from potential greats into trophy winners, he could do worse than talk to the Ladies` team. Since Viera held the FA cup aloft, Arsenal Ladies have racked up 16 trophies, including the Women`s Champion`s League.

Last year Hope Powell was linked with the Grimsby job, in a move that, considering the denials of both Grimsby and Powell, seemed to have been thought up by a journalist with a cute sense of irony.

Mike Newell`s career has slipped into a slow decline since his attack on a female official. As if the last ounces of sense and knowledge escaped him with his words.

Joe Royle weighed into the issue in the past. He stated a female will never understand football because they won`t have been tackled by a 14 stone centre half, as if a Police Officer can only be efficient if they`ve been the victim of GBH.

Steve Claridge gave his views on the BBC site soon after with the standard 'I`m not a sexist but` rhetoric. Powell wouldn`t be taken seriously was his message. He then went onto to state how Dean Windass, a man with no management experience, could make it.

Should Hope Powell need inspiration, debatable considering the fact she`s lifted England from also rans to 10th in the world and a major final, she could well find it from Arsene Wenger.

Both came from a less than traditional route before management. She`s grown a nation, much as Wenger has grown a club. People may argue it`s just women`s football, just like many argued Wenger`s achievements were only in Japan. No matter, they did the best in their surroundings. Both are innovative, trend setters in their field, and most importantly of all, both know football. Powell has proven time and time again to be tactically adept, able to make key decisions at key moments, and making them right.

Make no mistake Hope Powell is ready for man`s football. She`s the most successful England manager since Ramsey; the only question is if men`s football is ready for her.

Article written by Lewis Wright

Ed's notes: sorry Lewis for forgetting to put your name to the piece, I most certainly wasn't trying to claim it as my own.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday June 24 2011
Time: 1:15PM


Excellent piece and I totally agree. At the very least, someone could give her a job in their coaching set up? It seems mad that Southampton- at the time a Premiership club- were prepared to give Clive Woodward a role and Cardiff interviewed Alan Shearer- a man whose only management experience stretches to 2 wins in 8 games and relegation with a good Newcastle side. We now have a Premiership manager who actually has no experience of playing professional football at all. I refuse to believe someone with Powell's obvious nack shouldn't at the very least be given a go.
Little Dutch
24/06/2011 13:27:00
Joy Royale's comments are farcical. Christian Honer is the team principal for Formula 1's Red Bull team, and despite a reletively low key racing career in the lower formulas he still manages to win a world title with Red Bull despite never having taken Maggots and Becketts at 170mph in the British Grand Prix. You don't need to have experienced something first hand to know how it works, of course having that experience can help, but I'd wager my all my worldly goods that Arsene Wenger's management career has been influneced not one jot by getting kicked up in the air in his playing days. That said, has he ever watched women's football? They can be just as vicious as the men.
24/06/2011 13:40:00
Sorry but even comparing Japanese football to Women's is farcical. I've seen the odd international game and there's some decent players but the rest of it is god awful, especially the goalkeepers. If someone's happy to give her a go then it'd be fantastic to see how she got on, as you say LD within a coaching set up would be an idea - I don't see why not.
24/06/2011 13:48:00
It just defies logic that someone like Shearer- whose very short managerial record was awful and, let's face it, we're also privvy to his insights every Saturday evening and the man couldn't motivate a wasp to sting if he covered himself in orange juice. Yet a club with designs on promotion to the Premeirship offer him a job and Powell wouldn't have even come into anyone's heads? It just seems to me, if you've got a history of motivating teams, conveying tactical ideas and developing players and making them better, the only thing preventing you from transferring that to a group of people who happen to have different genitals is prejudice.
Little Dutch
24/06/2011 13:49:00
I think the point is there though shewore is that Powell has always worked with the same resources as everyone else- yet she is clearly able to develop her players to be better and communicate her ideas to them more cogently. The only barrier is acceptance and those barriers always get smashed down by trailblazers. I hope Powell is one. If I were a manager at in the Football League, I'd be totally on talking to her about getting her on the coaching staff.
Little Dutch
24/06/2011 13:52:00
Well there's no more forward thinking than Allardyce, he should give it her a whirl. I think it'd be fantastic to see, it'd have both a massively negative effect and positive at the same time if a lower league club gave her a role, they'd get a lot more media exposure no matter what, would just be a shame if she just didn't get any results.
24/06/2011 13:56:00
I wouldn't trust that odious runt anywhere near a female. Urgh, the fat f*** makes my skin crawl, I can hear the drool hitting his loafers from here.
24/06/2011 14:09:00
Powell has more guts, determination & power than a lot of men currently managing football teams. In other words, she's got more balls than a lot of male football managers do.
24/06/2011 15:06:00
And the fact that two young male football fans like Rocky & Tim have put forward this idea just makes me into a disgustingly adoring fan of both.
24/06/2011 15:10:00
Oh crap .... I've just realised my editorial error ..... this piece is by Lewis Wright, I forgot to change the writers name. Bugger, sorry Lewis. And now I've lost the adoration of a lovely lady .... and when you consider how much of a p***k my wife thinks I am I can hardly afford to do that. lol
24/06/2011 15:22:00
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