No one person has become more symbolic of Seattle Reign FC than head coach and general manager Laura Harvey. The 37-year-old England native was one of owner Bill Predmore’s first hires before the team’s inaugural season in 2013 and has shaped the team very much in her image.
There aren’t many jobs in the women’s game she’d probably leave this one for, but one of them just came open and Harvey appears to be one of the top candidates.
Harvey’s name has apparently been put forward by England legend Kelly Smith as a potential replacement for recently fired manager Mark Sampson, according to a report in the Evening Standard. Harvey is actually quoted in the story and she doesn’t exactly throw cold water on the idea.
“I love club football and I love working in America,” she said, “but the international game is the pinnacle of any coach’s career. If the FA picked up the phone and called me I’d happily have a conversation with them.”
Harvey would seem to be a near perfect candidate for the job. She’s a former player at both the club and youth international levels and has quickly become one of the best coaches in the women’s game, first at Arsenal and now with the Reign. That she’s done this all by 37 only makes her candidacy even more impressive.
Losing Harvey would obviously be a massive blow to the Reign, where she not only oversees the first team but also the fledgling academy. It’s hard to imagine where the Reign would even start if they were to have to replace her.