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A first for football – female appointment may be on the cards for Forest Green


Forest Green chairman Dale Vince insists it is “entirely feasible” they will appoint a head coach which could rock the world of football.

Rovers, who became the first EFL side to appoint a female head of academy when they recruited Hannah Dingley in 2019, and Vince revealed he could go down a similar path in his quest to replace Mark Cooper, who parted company with the Nailsworth club on Sunday.

Vince is currently running the rule over more than 70 applications for the top job, less than 24 hours after Cooper’s departure.

Vince told BBC Sport: “Our starting place is to have no prejudices. It’s entirely feasible we will appoint a type of coach that has not yet been seen in English football.”

Former Premier League boss Ian Holloway, ex- Swindon Town manager Richie Wellens, and popular former Forest Green coach Scott Lindsey have been linked to the vacancy, but the Rovers’ chief hinted he may go down another road.

Vince added: “I think we’ll take a new direction in our recruitment. Maybe we’ll break some new ground.

“It is missing in men’s football, but so are BAME [Black, Asian and minority ethnic] head coaches.

“Everything is possible with us because we don’t come at this in any preconceived way or in a way it has always been done.”

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