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Opinion: Could sexism threaten female managers place in the Premier League?


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In recent years, women have taken more of an active role in sports and rightly so.

We saw during the 2015 Women's World Cup that the amount of press coverage received generated great exposure for not only women's football, but opened the spectrum wider for women's sport in general.

The whole tournament was broadcasted through BBC platforms and attracted over 1,000,000 people over the 52 games played.

With women's football on the rise, could we possibly see more female managers at the helm of men's teams?

The head coach of Scotland's women's team, Shelley Kerr, recently spoke to BBC Sport regarding the possibility of female managers taking charge of men's teams. 

"There's lots of females globally that have the capabilities and the skill-set to do it." says Kerr. 

"Everything depends on success. It's a results-driven business.

"As part of your journey, you need to try and develop that skill-set, you need to have different experiences and when you're successful with all the experiences that you have then that puts you in a great position to go to the top."

Kerr is currently the head coach of Stirling University's men's side, making her the first female coach to be in charge of a senior men's team in the United Kingdom.

This presents a huge step forward for the women's game and it has breached the gap when it comes to women having more of an active role in coaching men's teams in the near future.

I personally don't think it should affect the fans attitudes towards football in general. Football is a globally expansive game welcoming and accepting everyone regardless of gender, race, religion or sexuality.

However, I still think it will take a while for female managers/coaches to be taking charge of a Premier League side.

Women's football has come a long way in the last few years, although, we see fans give male managers abuse and at times, especially with some of the language used, this can become unwarranted.

With a female manager in place, could fans be encouraged to use sexist remarks in a bad performance, opening up another issue which has no place in the modern game.

If you look at racism in the sport, there have been measures in place to eradicate the issue that exists, but you still hear about certain incidents taking place.

In 2016, The Telegraph published a survey conducted for International Women's Day, painting a shocking portrait.

61.9% of participants said they had received sexist 'banter or jokes', with 38.2% said to have heard derogatory statements in regard to ability based on gender. 

Results like these show that although the women's game has come a long way in terms of exposure, there are still huge problems when it comes to the level of respect shown towards them by fans or people associated with the game of football.

Female managers should rightfully be alongside the best male managers in the world. Decisions are made by your mind and abilities in the game, and not your gender. Although could these unsettling statistics halt progress on one of football's greatest gender breakthroughs. 

Image Credit - Wikipedia Commons

Image above depicts female Premier League assistant referee, Sian Massey, a victim of her own sexism scandal in 2011. 

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