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Can Sisters Do It For Themselves At Newcastle United?

9 years ago

Friday was International Women’s Day and it got me thinking about where are all the women coaches, coaching male teams? And would it become a reality in my lifetime at Newcastle?

With all the still inbred prejudice maybe the reality is that it might only realistically happen if Newcastle were relegated to League Two and therefore pie in the sky in two ways;  as Newcastle hopefully will never be relegated to League Two!

Being a woman, a woman who loves sports, a woman who loves football and dare I say, understands it; in some cases a lot better than my male friends, there you have the answer.

I am actually having to justify myself rather than say naturally that I understand the game of football and I can coach it…why did I have to say I understand it better than my male friends?

It should not be a benchmark but let’s face it, men make it a benchmark, a little bit like all men are good at DIY and all men understand football! Err not!

And guess what, if given the chance to coach men, women could be equally as successful ,or unsuccessful , as men – at coaching women or men. I won’t in this short article bring up the argument of assistant referees but it would be nice to point out that Sian Massey is very good and has put many male assistant referees to shame, so the ball is rolling and hopefully upwards.

Gender should not be an issue, if you have all the skills, attributes and the knowledge to lead and manage; experience of managing men is often the argument used against women. However, not all men have necessarily had more experience as a footballer than some women and a lot of us have started a job with no experience and learnt through the experience. Did Mourinho play a lot of football?

Why are managers respected and others not? It all comes down to respect and the man management (or should I say human being management as a starting point), so the key answer is simply RESPECT, someone out there needs to believe that a woman can do it and have the b***s to go for it.

Surely we don’t need a war to prove that women could do it in the absence of their men!



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