London, May 08: Portuguese football manager Helena Costa is set to become the highest-profile female manager in European men’s football after being named as the head coach of the French Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot.
Costa, who is a former coach of Iran women’s national football team, will take charge of the French club at the end of the 2013-14 season.
According to the BBC, Clermont Foot said that appointing Costa, who is a former scout for Scottish Premiership side Celtic, as their head coach should help the club enter a new era.
Before Costa, Carolina Morace had reportedly been the highest-profile female to coach a men’s team in Europe after taking charge of Italian Serie C1 team Viterbese for two matches in 1999.
Costa has formerly coached Benfica’s male youth teams and also managed Portuguese lower-league men’s team Cheleirense, where she won the Lisbon regional championship in 2006, the report added.
France’s Women’s Minister Najat Belkacem posted on Twitter hailing Clermont Foot for understanding that giving a place to women is the future of professional football, as a response to Costa’s appointment.
Costa will replace former Montpellier midfielder Regis Brouard, whose contract as head coach expires at the end of this season, at Clemont, the report further added. (ANI)