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TRAILBLAZING: Helena Costa takes reigns at Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot

07 May 9:00 am

TRAILBLAZING: Helena Costa takes reigns at Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot

By Jeff Crandall

Off the beaten Fire path today is the historic news that Helena Costa, a successful female coach who has guided the likes of the Iranian and Qatari women's national teams has been given the management reigns of French Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot for next season.

With the news, the Portuguese manager becomes the highest-profile female manager of a men's team in European football history. 

Clermont Foot's official statement on the appointment said, "It should help the club enter a new era."

Costa has also served in scouting roles for Portuguese and Scottish giants Benfica and Celtic respectively as well as managing lower league Portuguese sides Cheleirense and Odivelas. 

Clermont Foot sit 14th in the Ligue 2 table with two matches to play. They'll secure their place in the league for next season with a draw in one of their final two games home vs. Troyes (May 9) and away to Tours (May 15).

What do you think of the news? How long do you think it'll be before a female manager is considered for a job in Major League Soccer? As of today, who would be your top candidate?