Coaching Feature in the Morning Star

MANISHA TAILOR speaks exclusively to Kadeem Simmonds about her dreams of working at the elite level in football and how she refuses to use her gender and ethnicity to make her way to the top

With the Women’s Super League kicking off today, the debate surrounding the lack of female managers in the league will soon arise.

Emma Hayes will continue to prove that she deserves to be considered one of the best British managers for the work she has done with Chelsea but given that she, along with Reading manager Kelly Chambers, are the only two female managers in the WSL 1, many feel that more could be done to increase the numbers of female coaches at elite level.

One of those coaches who hopes to emulate Hayes and Chambers is Manisha Tailor. Tailor has the background and pedigree to be working alongside the country’s best players. She has her Uefa B licence and plans to get her A badge next year.

Not to mention she is a FA tutor, academy scout for Brentford, centre of excellence manager for Middlesex and all of this without a playing the game at the highest level. Very impressive resume.

What makes this more remarkable is that she is of Indian heritage. That is not to belittle her achievements but it is widely known that football has no real plan in place to increase the numbers of Asian people in the game, be that playing or coaching.

While there has been a noticeable increase to get more women involved in the sport, especially after the success of the England team at the World Cup last year, Tailor has found that the sport still has a long way to go….


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