Former Lionesses head coach joins England U-20 backroom staff

Hope Powell
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Former Lionesses and Brighton Women’s head coach Hope Powell to support England Men’s U-20 backroom staff as a technical advisor.

Powell will be part of the backroom team at the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup in Argentina, which gets underway on Saturday 20 May.

Having spent 45 years in the game, Powell is one of the country’s leading coach educators across men’s and women’s football working with the Professional Footballers’ Association.

The appointment is supported by the England Elite Coach Programme, a partnership between the FA and the PFA that aims to create opportunities for support staff and coaches from under-represented groups to work with the England national teams.

Young Lions head coach Ian Foster told “I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to bring Hope on board for our FIFA Men’s U20 World Cup as technical advisor.

“I’ve known Hope since 2014 when we completed our LMA Diploma together. Her vast experience of international football and the knowledge she has from working with FIFA will be invaluable to us.

“I’m excited by the prospect of working with Hope at a major tournament and I know that her understanding of football at this level will be of great benefit to the staff and most importantly, the players.”

John McDermott, the FA’s technical director, added: “I have known Hope for over 20 years and she is an industry leading practitioner. With her outstanding work ethic and expertise across a wide range of football and leadership areas, Hope will provide this England group with invaluable support ahead of what I’m sure will be a unique experience for all of our players and staff in Argentina.”

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