Hope Powell steps down as Brighton coach after 8-0 home thrashing against Tottenham

Former England head coach Hope Powell stepped down as manager of Brighton Women's Super League team after five years in charge on Monday after they were thrashed 8-0 by Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

Brighton, who are second-bottom in the WSL table, have lost four of their five matches so far and conceded 19 goals.

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"We've had a very challenging start to the new season with many changes to our squad and results not going as we had all hoped. Sunday's heavy loss at home to Tottenham was particularly disappointing," Powell said in a club statement.

"I feel now is the right time to step aside and allow a new coach to take the team forward with plenty of Super League football still to play this season."

Former England midfielder Powell, 55, managed the national team from 1998 until 2013.