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Date Posted: 12:31:40 09/25/02 Wed
Author: Voice of Reason
Author Host/IP: inktomi3-bir.server.ntl.com / 62.255.32.6
Subject: Re: Hope Powell
In reply to: Russ 's message, "Re: Hope Powell" on 10:09:33 09/25/02 Wed

>Hope is doing OK. It is true that it wasn't a
>sparkling performance against Iceland but to be fair,
>many of the girls are still amateur and are not used
>to the big match atmosphere. The Iceland team were a
>big awkward bunch and were going to pose some
>problems, especially if our girls were to over commit
>early on.
>
>My criticsism of the England scene is that we are a
>little one dimensional and do not play with much flair
>or artistry. It is all battle and percentage balls.
>With an onus on making less mistakes than the other
>team. This is all well and good in the short term but
>it will not endear the women's game to the public at
>large and this surely has to be the ultimate goal.
>Get more people watching the women's game and we will
>have a pro league and television money in no time.
>Play the game like semi-pro men and it will turn off
>everyone including all the fantastic talent that is
>coming through the ranks now.
>
>The game needs to be beautiful and artistic as well as
>physical and athletic!
>
>I know the original post was about Hope Powell but
>actually perhaps the critiscism should be laid at the
>door of some of her own male coaching staff who hail
>from non-league/lower league up and under style
>backgrounds.
Whist I have nothing against the lady - her appointment was a joke - unless you are one of those failures in authority who have presided over the mens team winning nothing since 1966. If so then it is a smart move to ensure the female game does not overshadow the men by appointing someone who has never been a manager and won nil as a manager let alone of the national team.There were at least 1000 better qualified in this country alone. Its OK for women to play football - but dont get in the way.The last thing the FA want is for the women to become more popular than the men like the USA.

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