Mark Sampson led the England women to a third-place finish at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the best finish from a European side at the tournament.
At just 32-years-old, the young manager impressed many as the Three Lionesses nearly defeated reigning champions Japan in the semifinal, and then shutout world number one Germany in the third-place match.
Today, Sampson is getting some backing for a future in the Premier League.
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David Moss, the head of scouting for Celtic, believes Sampson has what it takes to work in England’s top flight, and thinks he will get some looks after his strong showing at the Women’s World Cup.
Sampson got his first gig from Roberto Martinez working with the Swansea City academy nine years ago, where Moss was the director at the time.
A lot of clubs will have seen what such a young guy has done at the World Cup and will want to speak to him.
I don’t see why we wouldn’t see him in the Premier League soon. He is a fantastic manager and clearly has the ability – he just needs the opportunity.
He started in the men’s game and I’m sure Mark has aspirations to manage at the highest level.
Clubs all over the country will recognize what he has done and realize he can do that elsewhere. Dan Ashworth [the FA’s head of elite development] will also be looking at Mark and at where he goes from here.”
Moss knows all about young managers succeeding, as Roberto Martinez was named boss at Swansea City at 33, and with Garry Monk leading the Swans to their best ever Premier League finish this season at just 36.