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Laura Harvey has no problem with eight male coaches in nine-team women's league; but predicts change

NWSLSeattle Reign FC coach Laura Harvey won the National Women's Soccer League coach-of-the-year honor Wednesday -- over the eight men who coach the other eight teams in the league.

Harvey was asked about that:

I’m a true believer in terms of whoever is head coach of whichever team, it has to be the right person for the right job," she said. "If they happen to be male, they happen to be male; if they happen to be female, so be it. I believe that for the good of women’s football that’s the way that we should have a look at who gets what job. If owners believe and the people who run the teams believe it should be a female, fantastic. But ultimately I think it just has to be someone who’s right for the job in that particular club. We’ve got some great coaches in this league who have done remarkable jobs for their teams, and I don’t think it’s a negative in any way that they’re not female. But I think you’ll start to see with this generation of players I’m sure you’ll start to see a lot of female coaches coming out of this group in years to come whenever they decide to hang their boots up, because I think that’s the way that the game’s going. But I will always believe and always stand by I think it just needs to be the right person for the right job.