Carolyn Radford: ‘If I’d known the abuse I would get as a club executive I’d never have done it’

Mansfield Town are one of only three clubs from the 92 with a woman in an executive role but sometimes she is still the recipient of crass remarks in away teams’ boardrooms

Inside Mansfield Town’s One Call Stadium and the mug shots on the wall of Carolyn Radford’s office highlight football’s woeful lack of gender diversity. There are more than 60 individual photographs of players and coaching staff but only one of them, the first?team’s sports therapist, Lizzie Read, is a woman.

“That’s the issue,” says the chief executive, one of the most high-profile women in the game. “There are no female managers, assistant managers, or goalkeeping coaches.”

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