Arsenal Women boss Jonas Eidevall says that the lack of female coaches across football- men’s and women’s- remains a source of bafflement to him.
Ahead of Sunday’s WSL clash away at Brighton, the Swede was asked about the WSL only having four female head coaches. Eidevall insisted gender disparity in coaching was not just an issue for women’s football.
“I think the question is wrong. It’s not the WSL that is the problem. The problem is that in all the technical staff and all the professional clubs on the men’s side, how many technical female staff do you have in the men’s game?
“It’s incredible that in all other parts of society, we have female Prime Ministers, female Presidents, but you can’t have a female coach in the Premier League for some reason? Why?
“I think it has to be the single most undertapped resource in professional football is female coaches. There is no reason why you can be female and not be a top coach.”
Current France Feminine boss Corrine Diacre became the first woman to be the Head Coach of a professional men’s team when she took the reins at Clermont Foot in her home country between 2014 and 2017.
Other than that, the number of female coaches in the men’s game has been sparse and women’s football is also dominated by male coaches and Eidevall says he is confused about why more action has not been taken to amend this disparity.
“You are absolutely right with the numbers, it is a big problem, that there are not more female coaches. But that isn’t the WSL in isolation, that’s the whole game.
“I can’t get my head around how that is possible that nothing happens and people are very content that nothing is happening.”