Sanchez managed Northern Ireland between 2004 and 2007. John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Female coach to manage Premier League side within ten years - Sanchez

The ex-Northern Ireland boss says he has a bet with a friend that the move will be implemented by 2022.

THERE WILL BE a female Premier League manager within the next ten years, according to ex-Northern Ireland boss Lawrie Sanchez.

Women in football have become more prominent in recent years, with female referees and lineswomen being introduced to the men’s game.

And Sanchez believes there will be further steps made in the future to enhance female participation in the game.

Speaking in an upcoming BBC Sport documentary entitled ‘Sexism in Football?’, he said:

“I have a bet going with a friend that there will be a female Premier League manager within 10 years because whatever is said at the top level, we’re in an entertainment business.

“Whether (it is) because she’s the best person out there or because of the commercial aspect that comes with it, the reason will be that it is the best situation for the club.”

Manager of the England women’s team, Hope Powell, added that there were many women who possessed the necessary qualifications to manage a men’s Premier League team.

“There are more and more females with the credentials,” she said. “I have a pro licence and there are several other women around the world who have pro licences.”

‘Sexism in Football?’ airs this Wednesday on BBC1 at 10.45pm.

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