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Germany’s Grings wants to coach a men’s team again


Inka Grings wants to coach a men’s football team again, with the ex-German international saying the most difficult part is convincing club officials that a woman can do the job.

Grings was the first woman to coach a men’s team in the higher divisions of German football when she was in charge of fourth tier club Straelen in 2019 and 2020.

The 43-year-old is currently in charge of Swiss women’s team Zurich.

But she said in an interview with the German Football Federation (DFB) website on Saturday that coaching a men’s side again “is and will remain my aim”.

“The biggest hurdle are the people who are not on the pitch. It is a big challenge to convince the decision-makers.

“I believe that gender should not decide whether someone is a good coach. In the end only quality, competence and authority should be decisive,” she added.

Grings, who has three men among her coaching staff in Zurich, added that a male-female “mix is much more interesting and effective in most cases”.

“Unfortunately many people don’t see it like this.

“I have the highest coaching licence possible in Germany and had a lot of success as a player. Maybe I just need to be patient a little longer,” she said.

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