Hope Powell insists female football coaches are as qualified as their male counterparts but doubts one will ever get the chance to manage in the Premier League.
Powell was sacked as manager of the England women's team last month after 15 years in charge, following a disappointing Euro 2013 campaign.
Her trailblazing status has seen her linked with several jobs in the men's game by the bookmakers but she shrugged off her chances of taking up the vacant Sunderland hot-seat - or any other in the top flight.
"It's news to me - I havent had the call yet!" Powell told Sportswomen, Sky Sports' new weekly show focusing on women's sport.
"Will a woman manage in the Premier League? It's a question I'm often asked but, honestly, I don't think so, no.
"I am as qualfied as my male counterparts and there are more female coaches coming through; certainly we have the credentials, but it's about the opportunities.
"There's probably more of an opportunity in the lower leagues. The important thing to know is that the females in the game are qualified. I have a (UEFA) Pro Licence, as do many other women, so it's not about qualifications."
Powell admits she was disappointed to be axed before a fresh qualifying campaign for the 2015 World Cup but backed England's women, after an opening rout of Belarus, to progress with ease.
"I'm disappointed not to still be involved but I've got fantastic memories," she added. "I got to travel the world and work with some fantastic players and coaches.
"It's a new era. I'm enjoying taking some time out so we'll see how it goes. I'm still a really big supporter of the women's game and the team, and I wish them every success.
"I wasn't surprised to see that result - I think the expectation was that they'd beat belarus quite comfortably. There will be challenges but they're experienced enough not to take their eye off the ball. I think they'll do well and top the group, no problem."