Hope Powell surprised by England sack

Powell surprised by England sack
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Hope Powell admits that she did not expect to be sacked as manager of the England women's team last month.

Hope Powell has admitted that she was surprised to be sacked as manager of the England women's team last month.

The 46-year-old was dismissed by the Football Association on August 20 after a 15-year spell in charge of the side.

During that time Powell guided England to the 2009 European Championship final, but a poor showing at this year's tournament in Finland sealed her fate.

When asked if she knew that her job was in jeopardy, Powell told BBC Sport: "No, to be honest. We just didn't perform. It was not through lack of effort on the players' part.

"I am disappointed, but I have accepted it and have to move on. I need some time to recharge and see what opportunities come up."

Assistant coach Brent Hills has taken charge of England as the FA looks to appoint a new manager.

Brent Hills of Great Britain looks on during the Team GB Football press conference at the Olympic Park on July 16, 2012
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