Wednesday, 7 May 2014

French Ligue 2 side hire woman as manager

A French second division side called Clermont Foot have appointed a girl as their manager, making Helena Costa the first of her species to the boss of a top two division club in Europe.

That's not actually her it's just someone really hot on Instagram but if you do want to see the real Helena Costa you can go to the Daily Mail article on it, where I have borrowed this copy:
The 39-year-old will become the first female to manage in the top two divisions of a major European league.
Costa is currently in charge of the Iran women’s team and has previously coached the women’s sides of Qatar and Benfica. She has also scouted for Scottish champions Celtic.
One of the French club's strikers said this:
'We were told the new coach was this lady. It is a surprise, a big surprise, because a lot of names were circulated; all coaches who were more or less unemployed. 
'It came out of nowhere and now we have to get to know. It is good, it will create a buzz and will be a unique experience.'
Personally I think this is great and will encourage future clubs to embrace the managerial talents of women around the world.  While evolutionary and biological factors may mean that women (for now) can't compete side by side with men on the pitch, off it there are zero physical attributes required that could prevent them from taking charge of a football club.  I'd make a sexist joke like pointing out how much harder I try at anything if I think I'll see boobs at the end of it, but that would be immature and I would never say that.  You should be ashamed of yourself