Hope Powell ended her role as England head coach on this day in 2013, ending her 15-year tenure.
Powell took charge of the Lionesses in 1998 and led England to the 2009 European Championship final, where they lost 6-2 to Germany.
But it was the disappointment of the 2013 European finals that led to Powell’s departure after exiting the tournament in the first round when they were defeated by France and Spain in the group stage, their only point coming from a draw against Russia.
Following Powell’s departure, Football Association general secretary Alex Horne said: “Hope deserves a lot of credit for their commitment to national team development over such a long period of time.
“The highlight was definitely reaching the European Championship final four years ago.
“However, following the disappointment of the recent tournament in Sweden, Club England Board believes the time has come to make a change and offer a fresh outlook.
“I would like to take credit for the organization’s efforts and wish Hope every success in the future.
“Hope will always be welcome at Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park and she leaves a strong legacy as she has helped the FA build women’s football to the strong position it is in today.”
Mark Sampson replaced Powell as coach and led the team to third place at the following 2015 World Cup.
Powell is now manager at Women’s Super League side Brighton.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/hope-powell-wembley-stadium-alex-horne-lionesses-powell-b2149003.html On this day in 2013: Hope Powell is stepping down from the role of England head coach