Keith Boanas Q&A
Whilst English football is flooded with coaches imported from around the globe, there are precious few English coaches making their living beyond the shores of our green and pleasant island.
Off the top of my head I can only think of a handful: Bryan Robson has recently replaced Peter Reid as the national coach of Thailand, whilst Bob Houghton is in charge of India, Steve McClaren is at the helm of Twente Enschede in the Netherlands and Stuart Baxter is in the dug-out for Finland.
Then there is Keith Boanas, national coach of Estonia's women's team.
Keith Boanas - the national coach of Estonia's women's team
I covered the final for eight consecutive seasons and Charlton appeared in three of them, winning at the third attempt against Everton.
Back in 2003, Fulham Ladies were professional, Arsenal Ladies were backed handsomely by David Dein, the then vice-chairman of the club, and Charlton Athletic were giving their support to their successful women's side.
It seemed possible that women's football was about to take off just as it had in the USA.
Six years on and it hasn't happened.
Having seen the highs and lows, Keith seemed to be a good guy to ask. After all he had run around The Valley with the FA Women's Cup to a standing ovation and two years later had seen his job disappear when Charlton's men's team were relegated out of the Premier League.
So I emailed him a Q&A this week to see how he is getting on as a male coach in the women's game in a new country.
Q: How did you feel about Charlton Athletic pulling their support for the successful ladies team to save money after the men's team were relegated?
A: Absolutely gutted! At first the club seemed open to ideas on how to keep the team going, but then they told me the whole programme was going to be cut.
Telling the players and the parents of the centre of excellence kids was incredibly difficult. They actually staged a demonstration at the training ground in protest. To be honest I felt badly let down by the people I had trusted at the club.
After a while the team was taken over by the community trust and they asked me to interview for the job I had done for the last eight years. I said no.
Q: What did you think of the performance of the England women's team at the recent European Championships?
A: I was in Finland watching the tournament; especially Iceland and France who are in our World Cup qualifying group.
I went to watch England's opening game against Italy (England lost 2-1) and it was an unmitigated disaster. Then the players showed great character to reach the final against Germany.
They put in a really solid performance to win the semi-final so I couldn't understand why Hope (Powell) changed the team for the final. I thought she picked the wrong team, and they were beaten far too easily given the talent in the squad.
England applaud their victorious German opponents
I have a lot of respect for Hope and the team has progressed; but no more than you would expect given the support and resources she has been given.
Q: If the England women's team played in men's league football, what level do you think they could compete at?
A: Really this is a silly question as it will never happen - and nor should it. It is a completely different game to men's football.
Even from a technical point of view it's difficult as the level of technique is less the lower down the men's leagues you go. If I had to say I would reckon at just below Conference level.
Q: How does the standard compare in Estonia?
A: We are ranked 78 in FIFA's rankings and there are only 500 registered female players in the whole country. There are only about 30 players who are good enough to consider for the national team.
There are a few who could play in the English league but we have to try to convince young Estonian girls that it's OK to play football.
Q: Do you think a professional women's league will ever take off in England?
A: I really hope so for the sake of all the people who work so hard in the women's game.
Of course it is not as fast or physical as the men's game, but that doesn't mean it can't be enjoyed. I would rather watch a good women's game than a lot of the sport that gets on TV. The concept of a professional summer league is great.
In Estonia if a men's side want to play in a licensed competition they must facilitate a women's team too. That means that no Estonian female player has to pay to play.
At my last club in England, the Millwall Lionesses, it cost each girl around £350 per season just to play.
Q: Would the women's game benefit from being played on smaller pitches with smaller goals?
A: NO! Look at the Americans, Germans and Swedes. It's all about improving the quality with really good coaching from a young age.
Q: What's it like being the only man in a dressing room full of women?
A: It almost never happens as most of my assistants are male and obviously you keep out when the players are changing and showering.
The banter is really the same as in a men's dressing-room. They are footballers and if you treat them with respect they will respond in the same way. They do not stand in front of the mirror swapping tips on make-up.
Q: Who is the best female player you have ever worked with?
A: For sheer dedication and loyalty it would have to be Casey Stoney. She has worked so hard to become as good as she is.
Having said that I am getting married next year to Pauline Cope who was the best goalkeeper in Britain and one of the top 10 keepers in the world - I'd better say her too!
Q: And the best male player?
Q: What is David Beckham really like?
A: He is a really unassuming guy. Whenever he visited the academy in London he just wanted to spend time with the kids even when his people were trying to hurry him along.
I was lucky enough to see him with his own kids too. They obviously idolise him and he is like any loving Dad. He adores football and I am really proud to have worked at his academy.
Q: What is the toughest thing about being based so far from home?
A: Missing my family and Pauline. She has been out to take come coaching clinics with goalkeepers here, and of course there is a wedding to plan!
Q: Would you like your Estonian national team to play against England?
A: I asked Hope for a game in the summer, but their schedule was too tight. I will ask again, even if it is for one of the younger age groups. It would be a fantastic experience for our girls, though we would almost certainly be beaten.
Q: What's your next game in charge?
A: We play France in Le Havre on 27 October in a World Cup qualifier. We are working on our defence!
Q: Tell us three things we probably didn't know about Estonia.
3 - In the summer daylight lasts way beyond midnight. The resort of Parnu with its white sand beaches is the place to be!