England Women's coach Hope Powell considering her future after penalties defeat

Having lost to France in a World Cup quarter-final, the manager of the Lionesses says she may move into a different role within the FA after 13 years in charge of the Ladies' team
England Women's coach Hope Powell has said she may resign after their World Cup quarter-final defeat to France.

England lost on penalties to the French, and now Powell, who has been in charge of the national team for 13 years, has said that the time may be right to take another role within the Football Association.

Powell has played a big part in the development of women’s football in England, helping develop the Women’s Super League and becoming the first woman to gain a UEFA Pro Licence.

However, she now feels that it may be timely for her to step aside.  

She told The BBC: "The squad and the girls coming through have a lot of talent and there is more to come.
"We proved it [against France] and showed great character and that we can compete with best in world, so we just want that to continue."

When asked about a potential new job in the FA, Powell said that a developmental role was being examined, and that she would be willing to take an overseer role.

However, the 44-year-old added: "The most important thing is I want to be involved in women's football, preferably in England."

In terms of a successor to Powell, there seem to be very few candidates given her vast experience, with Everton and England Under-19s coach Mo Marley being one option, while the FA may also choose to employ a male coach.

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