Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By BEN LLOYD

HOPE POW­ELL’S 15-year reign as head coach of the Eng­land women’s team ended yes­ter­day as the FA de­cided the time is right “for a fresh out­look”.

Pow­ell (right) took on the head coach role in 1998, guid­ing Eng­land to the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship fi­nal four years ago where they lost to Ger­many.

But the dis­ap­point­ment of the lat­est Euro fi­nals, where Eng­land bowed out in the first round, un­doubt­edly played a part in her de­par­ture. 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.

“How­ever, the Club Eng­land board be­lieve the time is right to make a change.”

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