Hope Powell insists she is not considering the impact Great Britain’s Olympic success in the women’s football could have on her job prospects after guiding them to the quarter-finals.
Team GB and England boss Powell has long been tipped to become the first female manager of a men’s league club, but she was adamant after Tuesday night’s record-breaking 1-0 Group E victory over Brazil that she had yet to receive any offers.
“Can I just enjoy this moment?” she said, having watched Britain top the group at Wembley in front of a crowd of 70,584 – by far the highest attendance ever for a women’s match in the country.
“My job is to do what I’m doing now.
“Nobody’s offered me a job. If that happens, it’s like any career move, isn’t it? You look at the opportunity that’s presented and you make a decision.”
Powell’s CV would look an awful lot more impressive with an Olympic medal and Britain are just one victory from being in contention for at least a bronze in their first ever Games.
But their manager urged caution ahead of Friday’s quarter-final against Canada in Coventry.
“Every game, we’ve done well, we’ve won the game, we’ve topped the group,” said Powell, whose side have yet to concede a goal.
“The danger is that everybody starts jumping on this ‘medal’.
“We still have to play Canada. They want a medal as much as anybody else.
“We’re not in a position yet to get a medal.”
Powell was nevertheless “really pleased” with Tuesday night’s outcome, and the “electric” support of the unprecedented crowd.
She said: “As a manager, certainly I’ve never experienced it.
“When I talk on the sidelines, the girls can usually hear me.”
Match-winner Steph Houghton, who scored for the third successive game, said: “To play in front of more than 70,000 people, you couldn’t dream of a better day.
“Now we are looking forward to Friday against Canada and we will just try to recover and then focus on that match.”
Powell had been hoping Tuesday night’s historic game would help create a legacy for women’s football beyond the Olympics, and she felt it “partly achieved some of that”.
She added: “This is a wonderful experience that, probably, we might not ever experience again.
“Part of the process is fun and enjoyment. Have a good time. These will be fantastic memories. We’ve got to embrace it.
“It’s a great opportunity to showcase women’s football.
“We’re just trying to have a good time and I think it makes it easier when you win.
“It elevates everybody, even though we’re knackered.”