Arsenal Women’s boss Jonas Eidevall blasts lack of female coaches in football
Arsenal Women’s boss Jonas Eidevall has criticised the lack of female coaches in professional football.
Only a third of Women’s Super League coaches are women, though Eidevall stressed that it’s “not the WSL that’s the problem.”
Indeed, the Swede also referenced how there are very few women employed as “technical staff” within the men’s game and why this is unacceptable.
What has Eidevall said?
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s game against Brighton in the WSL, Eidevall said: “In all the technical staff in the professional clubs in the men’s side, how many women do you have there?
“In all other parts of society you have females, female presidents and prime ministers, but you can’t have a female coach coaching in the Premier League for some reason. Why?”
“It has to be single-handedly the most under-tapped resource in professional football. I can’t get my head around how that is possible.”
He added: “It’s not the WSL that is the problem – it’s a big problem that there are not more female coaches. That’s not the WSL in isolation, that’s the whole game.
“There is no reason why you can’t be female and be a top coach.”
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“I can’t get my head around how that is possible”
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FA’s planned strategy for the future of women’s coaches
Eidevall’s words come after the FA announced a new strategy to improve female coaching representation in women’s football.
The initiative, titled ‘Positive Change’, aims for 75 percent of female coaches to be in manager or head-coach roles.
“We continue to develop our female coaches and prepare them for the professional game. There are a number of strong female coaches who have the requisite experience and knowledge to lead and coach in the women’s pro game,” an FA spokesperson told the BBC.
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Jonas Eidevall, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the FA Women’s Super League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Who are the female managers in the WSL?
There are only four female managers in the WSL at present, following the recent departures of Hope Powell from Brighton and Lydia Bedford from Leicester.
Those that remain are Chelsea’s Emma Hayes, who is gunning for a fourth consecutive league title with the Blues.
Elsewhere, Kelly Chambers is the longest-serving manager in the division, having been head coach of Reading since August 2012.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 16: Emma Hayes, Manager of Chelsea smiles during the Barclays FA Women’s Super League match between Everton Women and Chelsea Women at Walton Hall Park on March 16, 2022 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)
Outside of the WSL, Sarina Wiegman coaches the England Women’s national team and led the team to victory at Euro 2022 last summer.
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