‘Missed opportunities’: why are the WSL’s female coaches a minority?

Carla Ward and Remi Allen discuss the lack of female managers in the elite women’s game – and where progress is being made

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A couple of weeks ago, Carla Ward, the manager of Aston Villa, was taking part in a documentary about mums in football. “I’ve got a four-year-old little girl, and all she talks about is what she sees,” Ward says. “She loves to tell everyone that her mum is the manager of Aston Villa.”

During filming, the documentary makers asked her daughter what she wanted to be when she was older. Her response? A football manager. “They said: ‘Why?’ She said: ‘Because I see my mummy doing it,’” Ward recalls.

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