Not enough women in the men’s national team set-up - Southgate

Fri 17 September 2021 | 2:10

The England boss agrees that there are only a few women in the men’s national team set-up.

Gareth Southgate

thinks although the women’s game has improved over the years in England, the men’s football needs to appoint more women as their staff.

Speaking at the 

Royal Television Society's Cambridge Convention

, Southgate said:

"Women's football, firstly, where I know changes (have) come is that I meet dads who proudly come up and say, 'My daughter plays football'.

"Five years ago, that didn't happen. I don't know if that's that the girls weren't playing or the dads weren't proud that they were playing, but that's been the shift.

"I think (it is) far more acceptable, if that's the right word, for girls to play now and (there are) more teams, more clubs. dads (are) now excited by that. I coach my daughter's team and there's a real enthusiasm for it.

"I think that's different to where we are currently in terms of diversity of staff within the game. We haven't got that right with my team.

"We've got some women that work with the team but we haven't got enough."

The England manager talked about two women who work with the club now.


We've got a staff of 40, so that's nowhere near where we should be,"

he said.

Southgate continued:

"Within the FA we are actually very diverse, gender-wise, with 38 per cent female, I think.

"But as my daughter said to me, 'Oh, that's good is it, dad?'. I had to say, 'Er, good point'.

"For me that's a great reminder. What world do I want for my daughter? What opportunities do I want for my daughter?

"That very quickly changes your outlook on the way that you view women's sport and the way you view opportunities for women within our sport."

source: SportMob

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