Hills strengthens claim for top job

27 September 2013 11:16

Brent Hills made the perfect start as caretaker manager of the England women's team and is set to have the chance to formalise his claim for the job on a permanent basis over the coming weeks.

Hope Powell's former assistant has confirmed his interest in assuming full control, and a 6-0 win over Belarus on Saturday was followed by an 8-0 trouncing of Turkey on Thursday evening at Fratton Park.

Toni Duggan scored a hat-trick as a crowd of 6,293 saw England's goal glut in Portsmouth, and there is a four-week gap before England's next World Cup qualifier, a home game against Wales at Millwall's Den home on October 26.

In that time, the Football Association could hold interviews for the post of manager, with 59-year-old Hills having impressed so far.

FA director Kelly Simmons confirmed the process would soon be under way, and stressed the candidates were from a wide spectrum.

Simmons, director of the national game and women's football, told BBC Three: "We certainly had a lot of global and domestic interest. It's a fantastic job. We're going to start interviewing very shortly and hope to make an announcement in the next few weeks so we'll go from there.

"There are male and female candidates, and domestic and international candidates as you'd expect. The game these days is global, coaches are moving across the world to coach in the top sides."

Powell was sacked following England's disappointing results at Euro 2013, where they finished at the foot of their group with just one point from three games. She had been manager since 1998.

Source: PA