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Football: Arsene Wenger says give woman coach a chance

Published on May 9, 2014 12:13 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Thursday led support for Helena Costa who is set to become the top women's coach in the leading European football leagues.

Costa, 36, was named on Wednesday as the next manager of French second division side Clermont Ferrand. She will become the only woman to coach a men's team in any of the five leading football nations in Western Europe.

"I like it," Wenger said at an Arsenal press conference in London. "There are men managing women, why should women not manage men?

"The only thing I was always a big defender of in my life is to defend competence. If you are competent, you get the job anywhere.

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