Powell sacked as England coach
The Football Association is prepared to follow the lead adopted for the men's game and look overseas to find a new England women's head coach following the sacking of Hope Powell.
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After 15 years in charge Powell's reign has finally come to an end, primarily in the wake of England's disastrous showing in the recent European Championship in Sweden.
The FA has decided "a fresh outlook" is now required, although with England's opening qualification matches for the 2015 World Cup just over four weeks away, they have not given themselves much time to recruit Powell's successor.
But as with the men's senior team, coached by Sven-Goran Eriksson from 2001 to 2006 and Fabio Capello from 2008 until 2012, the FA is eager to ensure the women's game is given every chance of possible future success and is ready to look beyond the domestic game.
FA general secretary Alex Horne said: "The FA has made significant investment into the women's game over the past 20 years and this has seen major developments such as the FA Women's Super League.
"We have received outstanding support and investment from broadcast and commercial partners, and participation levels make women's football the third most played sport in England.
"It is important we continue this development at major tournaments so we can compete with Germany, France, Spain and the Nordic countries in Europe, in addition to the likes of Japan, Brazil, the United States and Canada at the 2015 World Cup.
"We will now look to recruit a new head coach and a technical lead for women's football who will report to Dan Ashworth (FA director of elite development).
"We will be speaking to people from across the game both domestically and internationally before making any appointments."
Powell, with CBE and OBE honours to her name, issued a statement via the League Managers' Association claiming to be "extremely proud" in playing her part in the "development of women's football as a whole".
She said: "I leave very honoured to have contributed to all of the collective achievements of the group over the past 15 years.
"The women's game as a whole has made significant progress during this time and will continue to do so in years to come."
Amongst the early frontrunners to replace Powell is Consett-born John Herdman, who performed wonders with New Zealand before becoming coach of Canada, winning the bronze medal in last summer's Olympics.
Also in the frame is current England Under-19 coach Mo Marley, Laura Harvey who is head coach of Seattle Reign, and Jillian Ellis, born in Portsmouth, but with a long record of success in the women's game in the United States.
Whoever takes over, the brief will be simple: to take England to the next level.
Powell's side suffered two defeats and a draw in Sweden to exit at the first-round group stage, notably losing 3-0 in the final match to France whose team comprised full-time players.
Powell went on record after the defeat by stating further investment was required if England's part-time players were able to compete in the future.
Despite the criticism, Horne was at least gracious in acknowledging the job Powell had done since 1998.
"Hope deserves a lot of credit for her commitment to developing the national teams over such a long period," said Horne.
"The high point was undoubtedly reaching the European Championship final four years ago.
"However, after the disappointment of the recent tournament in Sweden, the Club England board believe the time is right to make a change and for a fresh outlook.
"Hope...leaves a strong legacy having helped the FA build the women's game to the strong position it is in today."
Although Powell's position was under threat after the Euros, England skipper Casey Stoney has told BBC Sport she was still "shocked" upon hearing the news.
Appreciating what Powell did for England, but also the FA's stance, Stoney added: "When we first started playing we used to get spanked 6-0 by the United States in friendlies. Then recently we beat them 2-1.
"She took the England team to a whole new level and maybe the FA now thinks it's time to go to the next level."
In light of Powell's exit it is likely she will be in the running for managerial positions with a Football League or Conference club as and when they become available. She was once linked with Grimsby in 2009.
Hope Powell Factfile:
1966: Born December 8 in Lewisham, London.
1978: Joins local women's side Millwall Lionesses.
1983: Makes her debut for England in a 6-0 thrashing of the Republic of Ireland at Reading in a European Championship qualifier.
1984: Plays in the final in the 1984 European Competition for Women's Football at the age of 17 as England are beaten by Sweden on penalties.
1987: Joins Millwall's rivals Friends of Fulham.
1989: Scores twice in the Women's FA Cup final, but Friends of Fulham suffer a 3-2 defeat against Leasowe Pacific at Old Trafford. Powell returns to Millwall later in the year.
1991: Plays a role in the Lionesses' Women's FA Cup final win over Doncaster Belles. The Lionesses broke up in the aftermath of their triumph, so Powell went on to form Bromley Borough.
1994: Bromley Borough enters a partnership with Croydon FC.
1995: Plays at the 1995 Women's World Cup in Sweden as England reach the quarter-final stage in their first finals appearance before being beaten 3-0 by Germany.
1996: Captains Croydon to a domestic double, winning the Women's FA Cup after defeating Liverpool in a penalty shoot-out in the final before lifting the National Premier Division on goal difference.
1998: Croydon lose both domestic cup finals against Arsenal. Powell wins the last of her 66 England caps before being appointed as the first ever full-time national coach later that year.
2001: Oversees a forgettable European Championship campaign as England finish bottom of their group in Germany, picking up just one point in three matches.
2002: Awarded an OBE.
2003: Becomes the first woman to be awarded the UEFA Pro Licence.
2007: England reach the quarter-finals at the World Cup before being defeated 3-0 by the United States.
2009: August-September - Leads the national team to the final of Euro 2009 in Finland, where they lose 6-2 to Germany.
October - Linked with the vacant managerial role at Grimsby, which would have seen her become the first female manager in men's football. However, Neil Woods was handed the job.
2010: Appointed CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
2012: Takes charge of the Great Britain women's Olympic football team, who are beaten 2-0 by Canada at London 2012.
2013: July - Presides over a disastrous campaign at UEFA Women's Euro 2013, earning just one point from their three group games.
August - Her 15-year reign as head coach of the England women's team comes to an end as the Football Association decides the time is right "for a fresh outlook".