European Championships: England dismiss Powell

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Hope Powell has been sackedas manager of the England women’s football team off the back of a poor European Championships in Sweden last month.

Powell has been in charge of the national side since 1998 but a recent slump in form has left the Football Association with no other decision but to terminate her tenure.

England were eliminated in the group stages of Euro 2013 after losing two matches and drawing one, their worst performance at a European Championship since 2001.

The 46-year-old lead the Three Lionesses to the final at Euro 2009 where they fell foul to Finland and finished runners-up as well as making the quarter-finals in the World Cup in 2007 and 2011.

The FA will now begin the search for a new head coach and a technical lead for women’s football with the hope of finding a candidate before the World Cup qualifier against Belarus on September 21, although England Under-19 boss Mo Marley could be brought in as cover.

FA general secretary Alex Horne said: “Hope deserves a lot of credit for her commitment to developing the national teams over such a long period.

“The high point was undoubtedly reaching the Uefa European Championship final four years ago.

“Hope will always be welcome back at Wembley Stadium and [national football centre] St George’s Park and she leaves a strong legacy, having helped the FA build the women’s game to the strong position it is in today.

“We will be speaking to people from across the game both domestically and internationally before making any appointments.”

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